Julian Assange Reaches End Of Prison Sentence, Judge Refuses To Release Him

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WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange has been ordered to stay in a British prison despite reaching the end of his 50-week prison sentence.

Assange was due to be released on September 22 after serving his sentence for breaching bail conditions by seeking refuge in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London in 2012. 

However, the 48-year-old was told at a court hearing in London last month that he will be kept in Belmarsh prison because of “substantial grounds” for believing he will abscond ahead of a hearing on his possible extradition to the United States. 

At a brief hearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Friday, Deputy Senior District Judge Tan Ikram ordered Assange to remain behind bars “for the same reasons as before.”

Assange appeared by video link from Belmarsh and spoke only to confirm his name and age before he was remanded in prison. He is due to appear in court in person at his next hearing on October 21.

“I very much hope we can make some progress on this case,” Judge Ikram told Assange at the end of the five-minute hearing, Reuters reports.   

In the US, Assange is charged with possession and dissemination of classified information. If found guilty, he could receive up to 175 years in prison. The activist has long warned that the US would attempt to extradite him after WikiLeaks published leaked material from the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton campaign manager John Podesta’s email account.

WikiLeaks’ also released the notorious ‘Collateral Murder’ video, which shows the US military attacking journalists and civilians in Iraq in July 2007.

Following Friday’s ruling WikiLeaks tweeted“Six months ago today Assange was illegally arrested in the Ecuadorian embassy, now a political prisoner in Belmarsh where he is not serving any sentence but is awaiting his extradition for publishing the truth and facing 175 years in the USA.”

Baxter Dmitry

Baxter Dmitry

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13 Comments

  1. After what happened to Ebstein,in Federal custody,I do not see how any country would allow Julian to be extradited here. Besides,if they charged him,what about the NYT,WAPO and a bunch other news agencies that have done exactly the same things.

  2. time to send a flotilla over to the UK and shell the crap out of them. Nothing but a country of pedos and satanists there anyway. no loss.

  3. The corrupt don’t want their corruption exposed. Exposing the truth is what journalists are supposed to do. Hillary etc may want to hurt Julian like the others who exposed her. God bless Julian. He helped the world by his actions. The corrupt are the ones who should be where he is. God is real…God wins in the end. God bless!

  4. So much for “innocent until proven guilty”.
    “Truth: the most deadly weapon ever discovered by humanity. Capable of destroying entire perceptual sets, cultures, and realities. Outlawed by all governments everywhere. Possession is normally punishable by death.” ~ John Gilmore

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