02:31 GMT16 April 2021
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    The UK Crown Prosecution Service confirmed on Friday to Sputnik that the Julian Assange hearing would take place at 10:00 GMT at the Westminster Magistrates’ Court later in the day.

    "It's at the Westminster Magistrates' Court in London and his defense have made an application to the court saying that his failure to appear following a warrant that was issued by the court… is no longer valid, because the Swedish authorities withdrew the European arrest warrant and the proceedings have ended against him," a spokesperson said, adding that the hearing would take place at 10:00 a.m.

    When asked, whether the Wikileaks founder would be able to walk free if the appeal was successful, the spokesman answered that "hypothetically yes."

    At the same time, the spokesman noted that no judgment would be made this day.

    READ MORE: Doctors Raise Alarm Over Assange's Health After Years of Confinement

    Ecuador granted Assange, who has been sheltering at its embassy in London since summer 2012, citizenship earlier this month in an effort to end what the United Nations deems arbitrary detention.

    He faces arrest by UK police if he ventures out for breaching bail conditions, although charges against him have long been dropped. The activist fears extradition to the United States where he is wanted for leaking the damning Iraq War logs.


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