British judge rejects bail for WikiLeaks’ imprisoned Julian Assange

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A British court docket on Wednesday refused a bail utility moved by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, two days after an extradition request by the US authorities was blocked on grounds of his psychological well being and danger of suicide.

Assange, 49, has been held within the Belmarsh jail in south-east London for the previous 18 months after he was evicted from the Ecuadorian embassy, the place he sought asylum for seven years.

His earlier bail purposes had been additionally refused.

His authorized staff moved one other utility after the extradition was blocked on Monday. US authorities have indicated that they’d enchantment towards the extradition ruling. He is needed within the US to face costs of espionage, hacking and leaking categorised paperwork.

Judge Vanessa Baraitser of the Westminster Magistrates Court dominated that “there are substantial grounds for believing that if Mr Assange is released today, he would fail to surrender to court and face the appeal proceedings,” as his supporters gathered in rain outdoors the court docket.

Assange’s legal professionals emphasised that he has new household ties within the UK with two youngsters he had fathered along with his associate, Stella Moris, and that he can be bailed to the couple’s residence deal with. But the judge didn’t settle for the arguments.

Assange has been detained at London’s high-security Belmarsh Prison since April 2019, when he was arrested for skipping bail throughout a separate authorized battle seven years earlier.

Clair Dobbin, a British lawyer appearing for the US, mentioned Assange had proven he would go “to almost any length” to keep away from extradition, and it was seemingly he would flee if granted bail.

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