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Julian Assange granted permission to appeal against his extradition to US

10:58 PM | 20 May, 2024
Julian Assange granted permission to appeal against his extradition to US
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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was granted permission on Monday to appeal against his extradition to the United States. Assange argued at London’s High Court that he might not be able to rely on his right to free speech in a US court.

The Australian-born Assange, 52, is wanted in the US on 18 charges, most under the Espionage Act, related to WikiLeaks’ mass release of secret US documents — the largest security breach of its kind in US military history.

In March, the high court provisionally granted Assange permission to appeal on grounds of potential discrimination as a foreign national and invited the US to submit assurances. Following Monday’s hearing, two senior judges determined that Assange’s argument regarding his inability to rely on the US First Amendment right to free speech merited a full appeal. This appeal is unlikely to be held for several months. The decision led to cheering and singing from hundreds of supporters gathered outside the court, who tied yellow ribbons to the railings and held placards chanting “Free, free Julian Assange!”

Assange’s wife Stella, present in court with his brother and father, expressed relief but questioned the duration of the ongoing legal struggle. “The United States should read the situation and drop this case now. Now is the moment to do it,” she said, calling the ruling a turning point.

Assange was absent from court for health reasons, according to his lawyer. The US Justice Department declined to comment on the ongoing judicial matter.

Had Monday’s ruling been unfavorable, Assange could have been extradited to the US within 24 hours, ending over 13 years of legal battles in Britain.

US Assurance Fails to Convince UK Judges

US prosecutors argued that Assange could “seek to rely” on First Amendment protections and would not be discriminated against due to his nationality. However, Assange’s legal team contended that a US court would not be bound by this assurance. “We say this is a blatantly inadequate assurance,” stated Assange’s lawyer, Edward Fitzgerald.

The court also ruled that Assange’s appeal should cover all 18 counts, not just three as argued by US lawyers. Fitzgerald did accept a separate US assurance that Assange would not face the death penalty.

The US maintained that its First Amendment assurances were sufficient. James Lewis, representing the US authorities, stated in court documents that while the assurance “cannot bind the courts,” US courts would “take solemn notice and give effect so far as they are able to a promise given by the executive.”

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Currency Rates in Pakistan - Pak Rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, Riyal - 25 June 2024

Pakistani rupee rates against US Dollar and other currencies on June 25, 2024 (Tuesday) in open market.

USD to PKR Rate Today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.5 for buying and 280.65 for selling.

Euro's buying rate stands at 293.5 and selling rate is 297.2 while British Pound rate is 348.5 for buying, and 351.45 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.05 and Saudi Riyal at 72.95.

Currency Rates in Pakistan

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.5 280.65
Euro EUR 293.5 297.2
UK Pound Sterling GBP 348.5 351.45
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.05 75.85
Saudi Riyal SAR 72.95 73.85
Australian Dollar AUD 182.2 184
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.58 748.58
Canadian Dollar CAD 203 205
China Yuan CNY 38.35 38.75
Danish Krone DKK 39.91 40.31
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.67 36.02
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.9 1.98
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 907.74 916.74
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 59.07 59.67
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.38 172.38
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.38 26.68
Omani Riyal OMR 723.26 731.26
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.5 77.2
Singapore Dollar SGD 72.95 73.85
Swedish Korona SEK 26.5 26.8
Swiss Franc CHF 311.53 314.03
Thai Bhat THB 7.58 7.73

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