Julian Assange will remain in jail as he continues to fight against extradition to the USA. District Judge Vanessa Baraitser said there were substantial grounds to believe he would abscond. On Monday, she ruled the Wikileaks founder cannot be extradited to the USA because he might kill himself. He’s been held in prison since 2019, after hiding for seven years inside the Ecuadorian Embassy to avoid extradition.
A British judge on Monday rejected the United States’ request to extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to face espionage charges over the publication of secret U.S. documents a decade ago, saying he was likely to kill himself if held under harsh U.S. prison conditions. In a mixed ruling for Assange and his supporters, District Judge Vanessa Baraitser rejected defense arguments that the 49-year-old Australian faces a politically motivated American prosecution that rides roughshod over free-speech protections.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange should not be extradited to Sweden for a revived rape investigation, but should still be questioned in the case while he is imprisoned in Britain, a Swedish court ruled Monday. The ruling by the Uppsala District Court doesn’t mean the preliminary investigation must be abandoned, only that Assange doesn’t face extradition to Sweden any time soon. The 47-year-old Assange was evicted on April 11 from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he had been holed up with political asylum since 2012.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was sentenced to 50 weeks in jail on Wednesday for a 2012 bail breach offense in the U.K. The decision by London’s Southwark Crown Court follows Assange’s arrest by British police last month, after Ecuador revoked his political asylum and forced him out of its London Embassy, where he had sought political asylum since 2012. The 47-year-old Australian national was found guilty of breaching the Bail Act for failing to report to a U.K. police station in June 2012, after he had exhausted his legal options in fighting an extradition order to Sweden, where he faced charges of sexual assault and rape.
Police entered the Ecuadorian embassy in London Thursday morning, arresting Julian Assange and bringing the Wikileaks founder’s seven-year stint there to a dramatic close. Metropolitan Police said in a statement that he was “further arrested” on his arrival at a London police station on behalf of United States authorities, who have issued an extradition warrant. Officers made the move after Ecuador withdrew Assange’s asylum and invited authorities into the embassy, citing the Australian’s bad behavior. He will appear before Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London as soon as is possible, police added.
The full extradition hearing to decide whether Wikileaks founder Julian Assange should be sent to the United States to face accusations including spying charges will take place in February next year, a London court ruled on Friday. Assange, 47, is accused by U.S. authorities of 18 charges including conspiring to hack U.S. government computers and violating an espionage law.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange fathered two children with a lawyer who was representing him while he was holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London fighting extradition. The Mail on Sunday said 37-year-old South African lawyer Stella Morris has been engaged to Assange since 2017. Morris said she had chosen to speak out now because she was worried about his susceptibility to the coronavirus in jail.
A rape case against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will be reopened, Swedish authorities announced Monday. The Australian national is currently in jail in the U.K., where he is serving a 12-month sentence for skipping bail in 2012, when he was fighting extradition to Sweden in connection with the same case. Assange was arrested by police and carried out of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he sheltered for almost seven years, on April 11. The announcement leaves Britain facing a decision on whether to extradite him to the Scandinavian country or the U.S.
Ecuador announced that the citizenship has been granted to Julian Assange, the co-founder of WikiLeaks, who has been living in the country’s London embassy, since 2012, after seeking political asylum. The decision came hours after Britain rejected Ecuador’s request to grant Assange diplomatic immunity, saying he must ‘leave the embassy to face justice.’
Swedish prosecutors dropped their rape case against Julian Assange, a cofounder of WikiLeaks, it was announced on Tuesday. Assange faced a rape allegation stemming from 2010, but prosecutors decided that, while the Swedish complainant was credible and evidence reliable, her memory of the night in question had faded and there was limited corroborative evidence available.