Draft:Vanessa Baraitser

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Vanessa Baraitser is a British district judge.[1] In February 2019, she ordered the extradition of Alexandre Djouhri suspected of funnelling money from former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi to finance Nicolas Sarkozy's 2007 presidential campaign. Baraitser has also ruled that WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange is to remain in prison when his jail term ends because of his "history of absconding".

Extradition of Alexandre DjouhriEdit

In February 2019, Baraitser ordered the extradition of Alexandre Djouhri, a Frenchman suspected of funnelling money from former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi to finance Nicolas Sarkozy's 2007 presidential campaign.[2][3][4] This French businessman is wanted by France over a series of allegations including active corruption of a foreign public official, conspiracy to misappropriate public funds and money-laundering. Baraitser wrote in her judgment at London's Westminster Magistrates' Court: "They are alleged to have been committed in circumstances connected with the political campaign of Nicolas Sarkozy."[5][6][7][8][9] Baraitser said "I am satisfied that there is no or insufficient evidence that the French authorities have manipulated or used procedures to oppress or unfairly prejudice Mr Djouhri." She added "I therefore order the extradition to France of Alexandre Djouhri".[10][11][12]

Julian AssangeEdit

Baraitser has ruled that Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange is to remain in prison when his jail term ends because of his "history of absconding". Baraitser told Assange: "You have been produced today because your sentence of imprisonment is about to come to an end. When that happens your remand status changes from a serving prisoner to a person facing extradition". She said that his lawyer had declined to make an application for bail on his behalf, adding "perhaps not surprisingly in light of your history of absconding in these proceedings". She added "In my view I have substantial ground for believing if I release you, you will abscond again".[13][14][15] On 4 January 2021, Baraitser discharged Assange, refusing to extradite him over concerns about mental health and risk of suicide in a US prison. The US has 14 days to appeal the ruling, during which time Assange remains in prison.[16]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Grenfell, Oscar. "British judge jails Assange indefinitely, despite end of prison sentence". www.wsws.org. Retrieved 2020-04-13.
  2. ^ "UK court orders extradition of French businessman sought over Sarkozy allegations". euronews. February 26, 2019.
  3. ^ "La justice anglaise ordonne l'extradition d'Alexandre Djouhri vers la France". Le Monde. February 26, 2019.
  4. ^ "Sarkozy/Libye: La justice britannique ordonne l'extradition de Djouhri". February 26, 2019 – via fr.reuters.com.
  5. ^ "UK court orders extradition of French businessman sought over Sarkozy allegations". Business Insider.
  6. ^ "Financement libyen présumé: la justice londonienne ordonne l..." Public Senat. February 26, 2019.
  7. ^ Ghibaudo, Sara (January 22, 2019). "Alexandre Djouhri conteste son extradition et dénonce un dossier politique". www.franceinter.fr.
  8. ^ "Financement libyen présumé: la justice londonienne ordonne l'extradition de Djouhri vers la France".
  9. ^ "La justice ordonne l'extradition de Djouhri vers la France". L'Express. February 26, 2019.
  10. ^ "UK court orders extradition of French businessman sought over Sarkozy allegations". CNA.
  11. ^ "Frenchman linked to Sarkozy probe faces UK extradition hearing". Arab News. January 22, 2019.
  12. ^ "Alexandre Djouhri: la justice britannique ordonne son extradition vers la France". Le Figaro. February 26, 2019.
  13. ^ "Assange to stay in jail over absconding fears". BBC News. September 13, 2019.
  14. ^ "Julian Assange to remain in jail pending extradition to US". The Guardian. September 14, 2019.
  15. ^ "Une juge britannique condamne Assange à la prison indéfiniment, en dépit de la fin de sa peine de prison | Investig'Action". www.investigaction.net.
  16. ^ "Julian Assange: Wikileaks founder refused extradition to US, judge rules". BBC News. 4 January 2021. Retrieved 4 January 2021.


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