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Live Updates: WikiLeaks Founder Assange's Extradition Hearings Resume

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The extradition hearing against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange resumed on Monday, at the Central Criminal Court in London.

The hearing was originally planned for 18 May, but Assange's defence team asked to reschedule it amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The court, however, ruled out his release on bail, despite the high risks of contracting the coronavirus at the prison in which he is being held.

© AP Photo / Kirsty WigglesworthDemonstrators hold banners outside Westminster Magistrates Court in London, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020. A case-management hearing regarding Julian Assange will be heard at the court Wednesday
Live Updates: WikiLeaks Founder Assange's Extradition Hearings Resume - Sputnik International
Demonstrators hold banners outside Westminster Magistrates Court in London, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020. A case-management hearing regarding Julian Assange will be heard at the court Wednesday

Assange was arrested in London in April 2019 and sentenced to 50 weeks in prison for jumping bail back in 2012 when he took refuge inside the Ecuadorian Embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he faced sexual assault charges, and possible extradition to the United States.

The whistleblower has been indicted by the US Department of Justice on 18 charges, regarding violations under the Espionage Act. If convicted of these charges, the WikiLeaks founder faces up to 175 years in prison.

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"I’ve been a reporter for more than 50 years and I’ve never known a smear campaign like this one: the fabricated character assassination of a man who refused to join the club, who believed that journalism was a service to the public and never to those above", John Shipton said at the rally.

Assange's father believes that freedom of the press now rests with "the honourable few".

"The exceptions, the dissidents on the Internet who belong to no club, who are neither rich nor laid with Pulitzer prizes, but produce fine, disobedient, moral journalism; those like Julian Assange", Shipton concluded.

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"We need to show our determination to have this extradition request dismissed because the future of journalism is at stake. There is so much at stake here", Kristinn Hrafnsson said. "Let’s keep up the fight, let’s stay strong. Let’s not rely on hope; let’s fight for justice".

 

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