UK court rejects extradition of WikiLeaks founder

A British court has rejected a US request to extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to face charges such as hacking classified information.

The court said on Monday that handing over Assange to the United States government could put him at risk of suicide.

Assange had resided in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London under asylum for seven years. In 2019, he was arrested and found guilty for not making a court appearance while on bail in a separate case and is currently serving time in Britain.

Assange's supporters who had gathered outside the court cheered when they heard the ruling.

The US can appeal the British decision, so the court battle is likely to continue.