The 49-year-old WikiLeaks founder, wearing a clean shaved and a suit, was again arrested in London’s top criminal court cells on Monday morning while awaiting his appearance to try for his extradition, Sky News reported. Were staying.
The fresh arrest means he now faces a new indictment formally announced in June that broadens the “scope of the conspiracy” that could lead to a sentence of 175 years if convicted.
The wide-reaching indictment accuses him of working with 17-year-old hackers as well as shady online groups such as Anonymous and LulzSec.
According to Sky, after his re-arrest, Assange appeared in Old Bailey court where he spoke only to confirm his name and that he “does not consent to extradition”.
His lawyer, Mark Summers QC, complained that the “fresh allegations at the 11th hour” did not give the legal team enough time to prepare.
“What is happening is unusual, inappropriate and liable to cause injustice if allowed to continue,” Summer told the court, complaining that he was getting “limited access” to imprisoned Assange, the outlet. told.
Summers accused US prosecutors of filing a new indictment “in desperation” because “they knew they would lose” with their current case.
However, Judge Vanessa Barritzer refused to exclude the new indictment – and rejected an application to postpone the hearing until January, which had already been delayed on the coronovirus epidemic.
Instead, the extradition case will continue, and is due to last until early October. It may take weeks or months to consider a judge’s decision, with the judge less likely to appeal.
The Times of London said James Lewis, an attorney representing the US government, confirmed the “loss and risk of harm”, with Assange’s massive documents dumped.
He also dismissed Assange’s claims that his mental health issues meant he should be released from prison rather than extradited to face trial.
“Neither mental health problems, nor Asperger’s syndrome stopped Assange’s insistence, and the orchestration, globally, revealed the leakage of material from the highest levels of government and state agencies,” said Lewis, of the UK Times accordingly.
US prosecutors have convicted Assange – who has already spent 16 months in a British prison – misusing the charges of 18 espionage and WikiLeaks publication of secret military documents on the computer.
Several dozen supporters, including fashion designer Vivienne Westwood and Assange’s partner, Stella Morris, gathered outside the courtyard, chanting, banging drums and calling their prosecution a threat to freedom of the press.
“Julian Assange is the trigger, he is shedding light on all the corruption in the world,” Westwood said.
With post wires