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A supporter of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange protests outside the Old Bailey, the Central Criminal Court ahead of a hearing to decide whether Assange should be extradited to the United States, in London, Britain September 9, 2020 - Sputnik International

Live Updates: WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange's Extradition Hearing Continues in London

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The hearing to decide whether Wikileaks founder Julian Assange should be sent to the United States resumed on 7 September at the London Central Criminal Court, after six months of delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange's extradition hearing resumes on 15 September at the Old Bailey, London Central Criminal Court.

The hearing is expected to last at least three weeks, and it is highly probable that the verdict will be appealed by the losing side.

The WikiLeaks founder, who has been locked up at the maximum-security prison Belmarsh since his arrest at the Ecuadoran embassy in London in April 2019, is attending the trial from behind a glass panel, away from his defence team.

Assange was sentenced to 50 weeks in prison for violating the terms of his bail back in 2012, when he took refuge inside the Ecuadorian embassy in the UK capital to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he faced sexual assault charges and possible extradition to the United States.

The WikiLeaks founder has been indicted by the US Department of Justice on 18 charges, mostly regarding violations under the Espionage Act, and is facing extradition from the United Kingdom to the United States. If convicted of these charges, the WikiLeaks founder faces up to 175 years in prison.

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16:02 GMT 15.09.2020
It is Almost Like a Blackmail to Get the Accused or Defendant to a Plea, WikiLeaks Editor-in-Chief Says

“What he pointed out in his testimony and written submissions was the simple fact that the rate of jury trials are down to 3% when it comes to criminal cases in a state and federal level. And one must wonder what kind of justice is that. He outlines the strategy that is behind it, basically the threat of decades or even consecutive life sentences that are presented to the accused. It is almost like a blackmail to get the accused or defendant to a plea. This is the situation we are seeing more and more. In terms of Julian he was asked ‘would mean that he would be pressured to reveal his sources as part of a plea bargain?’ - and he confirmed that would probably be the case. So, this is the kind of scenario that Julian would have to face. He would be presented with the options: Do you want to spend the rest of your life in prison here or Do you want to plea and then you have to give us something? This is the kind of justice system that Julian Assange is faces or the so-called justice system if he is extradited,” Hrafnsson said.

15:03 GMT 15.09.2020
Court Adjourns as Hearing is Over After Witness Examination
14:45 GMT 15.09.2020
'Prosecution Implies Conditions in Jail are Like Holiday in Florida': Assange's Father Summarises His Views on Lewis' Cross-Examination - Video
13:59 GMT 15.09.2020
Lack of NGO Observer Access to Hearings Shows Political Nature of Prosecution Against Assange, WikiLeaks Editor-in-Chief

“What he pointed out in his testimony and written submissions was the simple fact that the rate of jury trials are down to 3% when it comes to criminal cases in a state and federal level. And one must wonder what kind of justice is that. He outlines the strategy that is behind it, basically the threat of decades or even consecutive life sentences that are presented to the accused. It is almost like a blackmail to get the accused or defendant to a plea. This is the situation we are seeing more and more. In terms of Julian he was asked ‘would mean that he would be pressured to reveal his sources as part of a plea bargain?’ - and he confirmed that would probably be the case. So, this is the kind of scenario that Julian would have to face. He would be presented with the options: Do you want to spend the rest of your life in prison here or Do you want to plea and then you have to give us something? This is the kind of justice system that Julian Assange is faces or the so-called justice system if he is extradited,” Hrafnsson said.

13:46 GMT 15.09.2020
If Convicted by US, Assange Will Face Lifetime Sentence, Thomas Durkin Says
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11:59 GMT 15.09.2020
Cross-Examination of Defence Expert and Criminal Defence Lawyer Eric Lewis is Finished
09:47 GMT 15.09.2020
Assange Supporters Gather in London as 6th Day of Extradition Hearing Starts
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