Julian Assange to stay in prison after jail sentence ends over absconding fears

Julian Assange will stay in prison after his jail sentence finishes due to fears he might run away.

The WikiLeaks founder was informed this morning that he wouldn’t be freed when his present time period for skipping bail expires on September 22.

Assange, 48, was handed a 50 week jail sentence in May following his seven yr stay in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, which ended when he was dragged out of the Knightsbridge property by the police.

Then dwelling secretary Sajid Javid signed an order in June permitting Assange to be extradited to the US over computer-hacking allegations. 

Westminster Magistrates Court heard this morning that there have been “substantial grounds” for believing that Assange can be susceptible to absconding.

The WikiLeaks founder appeared by video-link from HMP Belmarsh sporting a loose-fitting T-shirt.

District Judge Vanessa Baraitser informed Assange: “You have been produced right now as a result of your sentence of imprisonment is about to come to an finish.

“When that occurs your remand standing modifications from a serving prisoner to a person dealing with extradition.

“Therefore I’ve given your lawyer a possibility to make an software for bail in your behalf and she has declined to accomplish that. Perhaps not surprisingly in gentle of your historical past of absconding in these proceedings.

“In my view I have substantial ground for believing if I release you, you will abscond again.”

Assange was requested if he understood what was taking place, and replied: “Not really. I’m sure the lawyers will explain it.”

Another administrative listening to will happen on October 11 adopted by a case administration listening to on October 21, the court docket heard.

Additional reporting by Press Association

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