Julian Assange will appear before Westminster Magistrates Court on May 2, by video-conference from the prison, in connection with the process of his extradition to the United States, after being stopped by the British police on Thursday after losing the diplomatic protection of Ecuador.
On Thursday, August 11, British police arrested activist Julian Assange in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he was held for seven years for fear of being extradited to the United States.
Washington claims the Australian hacker for the thousands of secret documents which aired its portal, Wikileaks, and accuses him of charges that can carry up to five years in prison, while the British justice calls for another year in prison for violating the conditions of his parole in the United Kingdom.
The Australian computer scientist emerged from his long imprisonment in the diplomatic headquarters, located in the wealthy neighborhood of Knightsbridge, with his white hair collected, a long and careless beard and clinging to a book by the American author Gore Vidal.
Agents of Scotland Yard had entered the embassy about 09.15 in the morning local time (08.15 GMT), after Quito withdrew the diplomatic protection granted to the activist in 2012.
Assange was handcuffed from the building an hour later, after resisting arrest, according to the allegations in the afternoon, during the hearing held at the Westminster Magistrates Court.
The judge convicted Assange for not appearing to justice seven years ago, when he had to answer for sexual crimes allegedly committed in Sweden.
In the next weeks, another magistrate will determine the final sentence which must be fulfilled in the United Kingdom.
In parallel, Assange will appear again on May 2 before the Westminster Magistrates Court, this time by video-conference from prison, to begin the process of his extradition to the United States.
After the arrest, the Ecuadorian ambassador in London, Jaime Marchan, said WikiLeaks founder was “continually a problem” for Ecuador, which has also revoked the nationality granted to the computer at the end of 2017.
“He interfered with the elections in the United States, interfered also with the internal affairs of Catalonia and interfered in Ecuadorian politics by making statements all the time,” said the diplomat.
May appreciates the cooperation of Ecuador
The Ecuadorian president, Lenin Moreno, said for his part that Assange repeatedly transgressed the international conventions on diplomatic asylum, while the British Prime Minister, Theresa May, thanked the Government of Quito for its “cooperation”.
“I am sure that this entire chamber welcomes the news that this morning the metropolitan police has arrested Julian Assange,” May said in parliament, amid cries of approval from the deputies.
WikiLeaks director, Kristinn Hrafnsson, said instead that this is “a dark day for journalism” and asked the United Kingdom to ensure that Assange is not extradited on the basis of his “editorial activity”.
“Publish documents and videos that show the murder of civilians and expose war crimes is journalism,” Hrafnsson argued before the media, at the gates of the court where the founder of the leaks portal appeared. (April 12, 2019, EFE/Practica Español)
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