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Julian Assange initiates a case against a UK minister for interfering in marriage

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  • Julian Assange and Stella Moris have sued UK Justice Secretary Dominic Raab and the superintendent of Belmarsh prison.
  • On April 11, 2019, Assange was arrested in London and sentenced to 50 weeks in prison for skipping bail in 2012.

Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, and his fiancee Stella Moris have sued UK Justice Secretary Dominic Raab and the superintendent of Belmarsh prison, where the whistleblower is detained for impeding their marriage, according to British media.

According to the Daily Mail, the pair alleges that the UK authorities’ restrictions are part of a political campaign against Assange.

“There is no justification for the government to interfere with what is a fundamental human right. However, the CIA findings demonstrate the lengths to which some agencies are willing to pursue Julian Assange. “According to the daily, Moris said.

Assange and Moris have two children together and have been engaged for five years. According to the newspaper, they requested help in planning the wedding in May, while the whistleblower was already in prison awaiting an extradition appeal trial. 

After that, however, the procedure stopped, and on October 7, Assange asked for official permission directly with the Belmarsh chief, but it was denied. The couple’s attorneys are also said to have received no answer from the jail officials.

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According to the Daily Mail, Raab and Belmarsh Governor Jenny Louis are accused of misusing their position over Assange, acting unreasonably and harshly, and depriving the couple and the children of their human rights.

The accused had until November 12 to answer the charges.

On April 11, 2019, Assange was arrested in London and sentenced to 50 weeks in prison for skipping bail in 2012. As a result, he inquired sanctuary in the Ecuadorean embassy in London to avoid being extradited to Sweden, charged with sexual assault. Still, the charges were eventually withdrawn by a Swedish court.

After WikiLeaks published thousands of confidential papers that exposed war crimes committed by American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, Assange is wanted by the US on espionage charges. The whistleblower risks up to over 175 years in jail if tried and convicted in the United States.

ACCORDING TO REPORTS RELEASED IN SEPTEMBER, senior US officials and the CIA were allegedly contemplating the prospect of kidnapping and killing Assange in 2017 while he was sheltering in the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

Source: Hindustan times

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