Julian Assange allowed to marry his partner in prison – The Journal


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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was allowed to marry his partner, lawyer Stella Moris, in prison

LONDON (AP) – WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been granted permission to marry his partner, Stella Moris, in prison, UK authorities say.

Assange has been held in Belmarsh High Security Prison in London since 2019 as he fights a US attempt to extradite him for espionage.

The couple began their relationship during Assange’s seven years at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London to avoid extradition to Sweden over allegations of unrelated sexual offenses. Assange and Moris, a lawyer born in South Africa, have two young sons: Gabriel, 4, and Max, 2.

“I am relieved that reason has prevailed and I hope there will be no more interference with our marriage,” said Moris.

In January, a judge denied a US request for Assange’s extradition, but he remains in jail while a higher court considers the US government’s appeal.

Assange and Moris went public in April 2020 and had asked prison authorities for permission to marry.

They threatened prison director and justice secretary Dominic Raab with legal action, accusing them of trying to prevent the marriage from taking place.

“Sir. Assange’s request was received, examined and dealt with in the usual manner by the prison director, as with any other prisoner,” the prison administration said Thursday.

No date has yet been set for the wedding.

U.S. prosecutors have indicted Assange with 17 charges of espionage and one charge of computer misuse for WikiLeaks’ publication of thousands of military and diplomatic documents leaked ten years ago.

FILE – Stella Moris, partner of Julian Assange, awaits in the High Court of London, October 28, 2021. Julian Assange has obtained permission to marry his partner Stella Moris in prison, according to the British authorities. The couple began their relationship during Assange’s seven years at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London to avoid extradition to Sweden for allegations of unrelated sexual offenses. Assange and Moris, a lawyer born in South Africa, have two young sons: Gabriel, 4, and Max, 2. (AP Photo / David Cliff)

Protesters hold a “Free Julian Assange” banner as they stand on the fountain in Trafalgar Square during “The Million Mask March”, an annual event described as a march “against austerity, the violation of rights, war crimes, corrupt politicians and to reinstate liberty, “in London, Friday, November 5, 2021. (AP Photo / Kirsty Wigglesworth)

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