Julian Assange marries his ex-lawyer in prison

Julian Assange and his girlfriend met when she joined the legal team fighting his extradition. The Australian is still wanted by US justice and faces 175 years in prison.

the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange Marries on Wednesday March 23 with one of his former lawyers, Stella Moris, in the British high security prison, from where he continues to fight against his extradition to the United States.

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The couple will marry in a small committee with just four guests and two witnesses. But his supporters are invited to come to the outskirts of Belmarsh prison in south-east London, dressed as if they were going to take part in the wedding. British designer Vivienne Westwood, very committed to the launch of Julian Assange, designed the Scottish skirt that she will wear on this occasion – in reference to her Scottish origins – as well as Stella Moris’s wedding dress, according to the support group Don ‘t Extradite Assange. .

Caught up in a long legal saga, the 50-year-old Australian is wanted by US courts for the release, since 2010, of more than 700,000 classified documents on US military and diplomatic activities, particularly in Iraq. and in Afghanistan. Prosecuted in particular under anti-espionage legislation, Julian Assange faces 175 years in prison, in a case denounced by human rights organizations as a serious attack on press freedom. March 14 saw one of her last hopes of avoiding his extradition dashed, with the British High Court’s refusal to consider his appeal.

“Political Affair”

Sa compagne, une avocate sud-africaine d’une trentaine d’années, later supplied the British Minister of the Interior, Priti Patel, who revient the decision d’approach son extradition, of l’empêcher et de mettre fin this “political issue“. Julian Assange and Stella Moris first met in 2011 when the lawyer was hired to join the legal team fighting the extradition of Julian Assange. Their engagement was announced in November 2021.

Stella Moris had two children with Julian Assange, two little ones conceived when he lived in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. The WikiLeaks founder spent seven years at this embassy, ​​where he took refuge in 2012 while out on bail. He then feared extradition to the United States or Sweden, where he has been the subject of a rape trial since he was abandoned. He was eventually arrested by British police in April 2019 and jailed.

«Julian is looking forward to the wedding as it will finally take place, several months after we first proposed to him.to prison authorities, his partner told the AP agency. After the wedding ceremony, Stella Moris will cut a wedding cake and make a speech, the Julian Assange Support Group said. She also launched a fundraiser to contribute to court costs aimed at avoiding her extradition, which had raised more than 177,000 pounds sterling (212,000 euros) on Tuesday. Instead of sending gifts to the newlyweds, her supporters suggested participating in this fundraiser and displaying posters calling for the Australian’s release.

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