The Julian Assange Clause

First mentioned by Richard Haley chair Scotland Against Criminalising Communities (SACC)  in a Statement on the Coronavirus (Scotland) Bill

Another exclusion is for prisoners in custody under the Extradition Act 2003. This might be called the Julian Assange clause. The only plausible reason for it is to avoid embarrassing Westminster, who need a similar clause in order to keep Julian Assange behind bars.

This article is a collection of instances where Julian Assange is being given special treatment

Explicit Cases

  • Coronavirus (Scotland) Bill
  • The Ministry of Justice (UK) confirmed with AAP that Julian Assange, who is being held on remand in Belmarsh prison, will not be temporarily released because he’s not serving a custodial sentence and therefore not eligible. (ref)

Implicit Cases
note editors have added the implied clause in italics

  • Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison ‘No Australian [except Julian Assange] will have to go through this alone’  (ref)
  •  Australian High Commissioner to the UK, George Brandis ‘No Australian [except Julian Assange] will have to go through this alone’ (ref)
  • Australian Foreign Minister Senator the Hon Marise Payne ‘I am also concerned in particular for the health, safety and wellbeing of Australians, [except Julian Assange], unjustly detained overseas and those who continue to be held in detention despite a compelling humanitarian case for furlough or the remission of their sentences. (ref)
  • Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) Excluded Assange From Annual List Of Jailed Journalists ‘CPJ chose not to list Assange as a journalist, in part because his role has just as often been as a source and because WikiLeaks does not generally perform as a news outlet with an editorial process’ (ref)