Judges play language game to extradite Assange

Posted on May 30, 2012


The decision to extradite Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has caused outcry, with critics

Julian Assange, from Wikileaks, at the SKUP co...

saying it is based on dubious legal credentials. In the ruling EU law overrides UK jurisdiction, the final judgment dictated by the meaning of a French word.

The ruling has been dubbed as “extraordinary” by Gerard Batten of the UK Independence Party.

He said that the judgment overruled a “centuries-old principle of English law” that states that “you cannot be a judge in your own case.”

According to UK legislation, the extradition order placed against Assange was invalid because the Swedish prosecutor who issued it acted beyond his jurisdiction.

In Assange’s hearing the judges cited that the Venice Convention in which a judicial authority under the broader French definition of the word also encompassed prosecutors.


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