Lawyers to seek asylum for Assange in France: report

Lawyers to seek asylum for Assange in France: report
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Assange, who was charged with spying, faces a trial for extradition to the U.S. that begins next week. The defense team spoke at a Paris news conference, arguing that the case against him is unfair, aggravating his poor health and violating his rights.

“We consider the situation is sufficiently serious that our duty is to talk about it” with President Emmanuel MacronEmmanuel Jean-Michel MacronFrance to require coronavirus tests for those entering the country from US EU leaders reach trillion deal on coronavirus recovery package Fire engulfs Nantes Cathedral in France, prompting an arson investigation MORE, French lawyer Eric Dupont-Moretti said, according to the AP.

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The attorneys also warned that if the U.S.’s extradition case is successful it could have “consequences for all journalists.”

The legal team is developing a “concrete demand” for the French president to consider giving Assange asylum in a country where he has children, the AP reported.

Baltasar Garzon, the Spanish coordinator on the team, confirmed that the lawyers will argue that President TrumpDonald John TrumpOklahoma City Thunder players kneel during anthem despite threat from GOP state lawmaker Microsoft moving forward with talks to buy TikTok after conversation with Trump Controversial Trump nominee placed in senior role after nomination hearing canceled MORE’s administration offered Assange a pardon if he showed proof that Russia was not involved in the 2016 hacking of the Democratic National Committee’s email.

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“The President barely knows Dana Rohrabacher other than he’s an ex-congressman,” she said in a statement. “He’s never spoken to him on this subject or almost any subject. It is a complete fabrication and a total lie.”

Assange spent seven years in Ecuador’s London embassy before he was kicked out and arrested by British police for missing bail.