Former Ecuadorian Consul in London Fidel Narvaez informed Sputnik forward of Friday’s administrative listening to in Wikileaks founder Julian Assange’s extradition case that the whistleblower won’t ever get a good trial both within the UK or in the USA.
“There may be loads of proof exhibiting that Assange is a sufferer of a judicial persecution and that he’s not getting a good extradition trial right here within the UK, and positively won’t have a good trial within the US,” the previous diplomat informed Sputnik in a cellphone interview.
In line with Narvaez, the judicial persecution towards the Australian journalist started even earlier than he was arrested on April 11, 2019, on the Ecuadorian embassy in London, the place he loved political asylum for seven years to keep away from being despatched to Sweden till Ecuador’s present authorities handed him into the UK police final yr.
After being sentenced to 50 weeks in jail for leaping bail in a listening to that lasted lower than 15 minutes, Assange was despatched to maximum-security jail of Belmarsh in east London, the place visits by family members and legal professionals are usually restricted.
Narvaez stated that after the coronavirus pandemic struck, the Wikileaks founder has seen his solitary confinement circumstances worsened. The whistleblower has not been allowed to see his associate and sons, nor meet his legal professionals in particular person, resulting from social distance restrictions.
It even took months for the jail authorities to present him a pair of studying glasses and a radio receiver he had requested, Narvaez commented.
He additionally recalled that when the extradition trial started in February in a London court docket, Assange was not allowed to sit down together with his legal professionals, and was as an alternative compelled to observe the method from behind excessive partitions manufactured from glass panel.
“The British judicial system has been notably arduous on Assange, and never simply me, however many worldwide legal professionals assume that he’s not being granted the correct to a good trial,” Narvaez burdened.
Requested in regards to the new “superseding indictment” towards the Wikileaks founder that the US prosecution made public even earlier than formally presenting it to British court docket coping with the extradition request, Narvaez known as it a “publicity stunt”.
“They [the US prosecutors] know they don’t have anything new. They only wish to appeal to public consideration,” he claimed.
The US federal authorities charged Assange with 18 felony expenses associated to endangering US nationwide safety by conspiring to acquire and disclose categorized info.
If the UK court docket consents to his extradition within the trial that is because of resume on September 7, Assange could possibly be sentenced to 175 years behind bars.
On the final administrative listening to held on July 27, Assange appeared by video hyperlink from jail for the primary time in months.