Assange calls the European Arrest Warrant (EAW) system a “rubber-stamp” process that must be stopped and believes the EAW process is being used for unintended purposes in order to quickly extradite individuals between member countries in the European Union (EU).
EAW’s are intended for prosecutorial purposes only, not merely an investigation. The EAW system was implemented in 2004 and over the years criticism has increased. EAW’s are meant to be issued for offenses which carry a sentence of 12 months or longer, but their use has steadily increased for minor offenses.
Assange’s reaction this morning calls attention to the flaws of the EAW system, among other issues such as international politics and the right to a fair trial.
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