London [UK], November 7 (ANI / Sputnik): WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and his fiancée Stella Moris filed a lawsuit against British Justice Minister Dominic Raab and the head of the Belmarsh prison, where the whistleblower is currently being held, for preventing their marriage, British reported media.
The couple claim that the obstacles imposed by the British authorities on this issue are part of a political war against Assange, according to the Daily Mail.
“There is no reason for political interference in what constitutes a fundamental human right. The CIA revelations show how far some agencies are willing to go in pursuing Julian,” Moris was quoted as saying by the newspaper.
Assange and Moris have been engaged for five years and have two children together. They have asked for help in arranging the marriage in May, when the whistleblower was already in prison awaiting a trial for appeal of extradition, the newspaper said. However, the process came to a halt and Assange applied for official permission directly with the Belmarsh chief on October 7, without effect. The couple’s lawyers should also not have received a response from the prison authorities.
The trial accuses Raab and Belmarsh Governor Jenny Louis of abusing their power over Assange, behaving irrationally and unfairly and denying the couple and their children their human rights, the Daily Mail said.
The accused have until November 12 to answer.
Assange was arrested in London on April 11, 2019 and sentenced to 50 weeks in prison for escaping bail in 2012. He took refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in the UK capital to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he faced charges of sexual abuse. later closed by a Swedish court.
Assange is wanted by the United States on suspicion of espionage after WikiLeaks published thousands of classified documents highlighting war crimes committed by US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. If brought to justice and convicted in the United States, the whistleblower risks up to 175 years in prison.
In September, it was revealed that senior US officials and the CIA are allegedly discussing the possibility of kidnapping and killing Assange in 2017 while he was hiding at the Ecuadorian embassy in London. (ANI / Sputnik)