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Mandatory Credit: Presidency of Mexico
Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador spoke on Wednesday about a proposal for political asylum for Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange, on the day he was denied bail by a British court.
"We are taking some steps towards that goal [of offering political asylum to Julian Assange]," Lopez Obrador said during his morning press conference in Mexico City. The president referred to the announcement he made on Monday, in which he stated that he had asked Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard to initiate the corresponding procedures to prepare the asylum proposal.
In any case, he clarified that the process depends on whether the US government appeals the decision of the UK court, which ruled on Tuesday that Assange would not be extradited to the US, but refused to release him on bail on Wednesday.
The president described the case as "a matter of human rights, of the defence of his fundamental rights" and added that Assange "is in a delicate state of health and could not endure any more time in prison."
Assange was meant to face charges of espionage and hacking government computers in the US. Lawyers representing the United States government are expected to appeal the ruling.
SOT, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, President of Mexico (Spanish): "We are taking some steps towards that goal [of offering political asylum to Julian Assange]. That if it is decided, and this has to do with Assange, with his family, with his lawyers, and of course with the authorities of the United Kingdom."
SOT, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, President of Mexico (Spanish): "We are waiting for the process to be concluded. What is known, although not yet final, is that the US government can appeal the ruling of the UK court, which did not grant extradition. So we have to wait. We also know that there are no charges against Assange in the UK. So, since the judge’s decision is final, they would have to release him."
SOT, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, President of Mexico (Spanish): "This is a matter of human rights, of the defence of their fundamental rights. Human rights, and the most important of human rights is the right to life. And he [Assange] is in a delicate health situation and he could not stand any more time in prison."
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