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UK: Assange warned over extradition hearing attendance by London court01:01

UK: Assange warned over extradition hearing attendance by London court

United Kingdom, London
June 29, 2020 at 15:52 GMT -00:00 · Published

Julian Assange was told that he must provide medical evidence explaining his absence or attend his next court hearing by a judge at London's Westminster Magistrates' Court on Monday.

District judge Vanessa Baraitser made the stipulation after the Australian's lawyers told the court he was unable to attend Monday's hearing on his US extradition case via video-link for medical reasons.

A group of protesters was seen gathered outside the court as the hearing was taking place, with many carrying banners and signs calling for Assange's release.

The Wikileaks co-founder, who also did not attend his last hearing on June 1, is now expected to appear in court again on July 27.

Assange was sentenced to 50 weeks in prison in May 2019 for breaching his bail conditions to avoid extradition to Sweden on sexual assault allegations.

Despite his sentence coming to an end on September 22, a British judge ordered Assange to remain in prison while facing extradition to the US, with a full hearing set to begin on September 7.

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Julian Assange was told that he must provide medical evidence explaining his absence or attend his next court hearing by a judge at London's Westminster Magistrates' Court on Monday.

District judge Vanessa Baraitser made the stipulation after the Australian's lawyers told the court he was unable to attend Monday's hearing on his US extradition case via video-link for medical reasons.

A group of protesters was seen gathered outside the court as the hearing was taking place, with many carrying banners and signs calling for Assange's release.

The Wikileaks co-founder, who also did not attend his last hearing on June 1, is now expected to appear in court again on July 27.

Assange was sentenced to 50 weeks in prison in May 2019 for breaching his bail conditions to avoid extradition to Sweden on sexual assault allegations.

Despite his sentence coming to an end on September 22, a British judge ordered Assange to remain in prison while facing extradition to the US, with a full hearing set to begin on September 7.

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