Experts quoted by British media are convinced Julian Assange will be extradited to Sweden in a dubious sexual assault case.
Normally that paragraph would have said to face charges. Yet none have been filed.
The British experts say to not extradite Assange would bring down the entire European justice system.
And well it might, but not necessarily for the reason they give.
Most countries around the world have set up restrictions on extradition to prevent a political refugee from being dragged back to a dictatorship that will harm him, and deny a fair trial.
Letting Assange get extradited could result in the European Union making it even more explicit that an impartial person requests the extradition, not a prosecutor. I.E. a judge or someone from the executive authority.
A prosecutor may not order an extradition or Britain. Instead, he/she would begin the process. In the U.S., the government of the state where the defendant presently abides must approve. In general, such a procedure would require, in the U.S., that a charge had been filed.
To refer to such restrictions as technicalities is to demean the law. Both Britain and Sweden likely will be embarrassed. So far, more questions have been raised than answered. It is widely believed the prosecution is meant to keep relations between the CIA and Swedish intelligence agency cordial.