WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange left Westminster Magistrates Court in a prison van on Monday, after attending a hearing related to his possible extradition to the US to face espionage charges.
Assange is facing an official extradition hearing expected to begin in February 2020 but his lawyers reportedly used Monday’s hearing to complain that they had not enough time to prepare.
The WikiLeaks co-founder has remained behind bars in Belmarsh Prison since May 2019, after he was sentenced to 50 weeks in prison for breaching his bail conditions to avoid extradition to Sweden on sexual assault allegations. Despite this sentence coming to an end on September 22, a British judge ordered Assange remain in prison while facing extradition to the US, due to his previous history of absconding.
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