WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange is appearing in Britain’s Old Bailey Court to hear the case. According to a report in the British newspaper The Guardian, a terrorist journalist is appearing in court in the United States on Monday (September 8) for the first time in several months in an extradition case. Whether or not he will be assigned to the United States in this case. Meanwhile, Assange’s supporters are preparing to stage a protest in the court premises before the hearing.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been a political refugee since June 2012 at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. Ecuador canceled its political asylum in April 2019 and handed it over to the British police. On the same day, a British court found him guilty of breach of bail. Since then, Assange has been serving his sentence in the notorious Belmarsh prison. Meanwhile, Julian Assange has been charged with 17 counts of hacking government computers and violating espionage laws in the United States. The Trump administration wants to bring him justice. Assange was also detained by the British police, who said he was arrested at the request of the United States.
A British court is hearing a case on whether Assange will be extradited to the United States. The hearing in the case was postponed for so long due to coronavirus. It is starting again on Monday. The hearing is scheduled for the next four weeks.
Assange’s lawyers claim they were not given enough time to analyze the US allegations. He described the trial as politically motivated. The lawyers allege that Assange is being punished by the US government through WikiLeaks for war crimes and human rights abuses.
Assange supporters are preparing to protest in front of the court. His wife Stella Morris will appear in court during the trial. He said that his confession was obtained through torture. He has lost a lot of weight. He fears that the children will grow up without seeing Assange.
The physical distance will be maintained at the court hearing on Monday due to Corona’s condition. Some seats are set aside for media and other observers. They will observe the hearing from a separate room. District Judge Vanessa Barat will hear the case.
Of the 16 charges the US grand jury convicted Assange, 16 US detectives were under the law. If convicted, he could face up to 175 years in prison for exposing powerful individuals around the world.