The procedural step, in what has been a long-running and high-profile authorized battle, was introduced at a listening to in central London following a March resolution to disclaim Australian-born Assange permission to enchantment towards his extradition.
The extradition order should now be signed by Patel, after which Assange can attempt to problem the choice by judicial evaluate. A judicial evaluate includes a choose analyzing the legitimacy of a public physique’s resolution.
Assange, 50, is needed in the US on 18 felony costs, together with breaking a spying regulation, after WikiLeaks revealed hundreds of secret U.S. recordsdata in 2010.
He denies any wrongdoing.
Assange has been in a southeast London jail since 2019, and earlier than that was holed up within the Ecuadorean Embassy within the British capital for seven years.