Week-long Assange extradition hearing kicks off at Woolwich court

Week-long Assange extradition hearing kicks off at Woolwich court
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  • calendar-gray 24 February 2020

This Monday, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is expected to attend the first day of the extradition hearing at Woolwich Court in London, which is to last for a week. The second part of the hearing, that will last three weeks, will start on 18 May, APA reports citing Sputnik.

The founder of the whistleblowing wesbite had spent seven years in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London after skipping bail and asking for political asylum in 2012 to evade possible extradition to the United States.

The WikiLeaks founder was charged by a US court on 18 felony charges, mostly regarding violations of the Espionage Act, after he leaked classified cables that exposed US transgressions during the Iraq and Afghan wars. Assange faces five to 10 years in prison for each if convicted.

The publisher was forced out of the embassy last year, after months of mounting pressure from Ecuador’s President Lenin Moreno, and is being held at a high-security prison in London.

 

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