- Julian Assange has been arrested and convicted for failure to appear in court.
- The USA has requested his extradition to face charges of conspiring to access classified DoD information
- It is expected that Sweden might request his extradition to face charges of rape and sexual assault.
The BBC report
Extradition proceedings are dealt with by the courts.
Lawyer Rebecca Niblock said that, if Sweden made an extradition request, it would be for the home secretary to decide which would take precedence, considering factors such as which was made first and the seriousness of the offence.
The home secretary is a politician and a member of the cabinet. The judiciary are expected to act independently. I expect politicians who are cabinet members to set policy for their departments but not to direct the outcome of individual cases that come before the courts.
Why is it the home secretary and not the judiciary that decide priority?