WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s father hopes that US President-to-be Joe Biden will pardon his son. John Shipton is concerned about his son’s trial in the United Kingdom.
At the moment, Assange is in prison there for being wanted in the United States for leaking state secrets.
Assange faces a 175-year prison sentence in the US. On January 4, the British judge will rule on the extradition of the Australian Assange. Shipton, 76, is sure his son’s lawyers have better evidence than the opposing party, but fears defeat.
According to him, the treatment of his son during the procedure is “arbitrary and malicious”. For example, Assange might not be able to consult enough with his lawyers.
United Nations human rights expert Nils Melzer also thinks the process is not fair, writes the broadcaster, Deutsche Welle.
“What we see is that the British are systematically depriving Julian Assange of his fundamental rights to prepare his defence, to have access to his lawyers and to legal documents. ” Melzer asked the British authorities not to extradite Assange earlier this month.
Assange spent years in Ecuador’s embassy in London to avoid extradition, but last year that country had him removed from the embassy by British police. The American justice accuses Assange, among other things, of stealing and publishing confidential material about the war in Afghanistan and Iraq on his whistleblower website.