Police Arrest Several People Near London Court After Assange's Bail Denied - Videos

© AFP 2022 / DANIEL LEAL-OLIVASPolice arrest a supporter of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange outside Westminster Magistrates court in London as he appears for a bail hearing on January 6, 2021.
Police arrest a supporter of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange outside Westminster Magistrates court in London as he appears for a bail hearing on January 6, 2021. - Sputnik International
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LONDON (Sputnik) - The UK police on Wednesday detained several people near the London court where WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was denied bail, a Sputnik correspondent said.

The police arrested several supporters of Assange who did not have press IDs and refused to disperse as the city is currently under a lockdown and public gatherings prohibited. Among the detained are several women and an elderly man.

Journalists with proper identifications were allowed to continue their work.

Earlier in the day, Westminster Magistrates Court refused to release Assange on bail, leaving him incarcerated while a US appeal against the decision not to extradite him to the United States is considered.

This is a court artist sketch by Elizabeth Cook of Julian Assange appearing at the Old Bailey in London for the ruling in his extradition case, in London, Monday, Jan. 4, 2021. A British judge has rejected the United States’ request to extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to face espionage charges, saying it would be “oppressive” because of his mental health. District Judge Vanessa Baraitser said Assange was likely to kill himself if sent to the U.S. The U.S. government said it would appeal the decision.  (Elizabeth Cook/PA via AP) - Sputnik International
UK Judge Denies Bail for Julian Assange During US Extradition Appeal

Assange was arrested in London in April 2019 and sentenced to 50 weeks in prison for jumping 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 is indicted by the US Department of Justice on 18 charges, mostly regarding violations under the Espionage Act. On Monday, UK district judge Vanessa Baraitser ruled against the journalist's extradition, citing health reasons and suicide risks.

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