Refusal of Assange’s bail request condemned

Posted on 30 Μάρτιος 2020


Refusal of Assange’s bail request condemned

Adecision to refuse a bail request filed by Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in light of the highly contagious coronavirus has been harshly criticised especially because of his weak physical health.


Assange, who is in a British jail pending his extradition trial to the US, had filed an emergency bail application on the basis of his deteriorating health condition. This, however, was denied – a move that was slammed by the International Federation of Journalists.


The request was made as the UK registered the first prison coronavirus death on Sunday – an 84-year-old male inmate at HMP Littlehey who suffered from respiratory problems before contracting the disease.


As of this week, 19 inmates had tested positive for Covid-19 across 10 British jails and four prison staff had tested positive for the disease across four jails. Three prisoner escort and custody services staff have also tested positive for coronavirus.


Wikileaks editor-in-chief Kristin Hrafnsson also condemned the decision. “He has suffered enough. Ten years of arbitrary detention has left him very vulnerable at this moment,” he said.

@wikileaks editor-in-chief @khrafnsson condemns the decision not to release Julian on bail in light of the crisis. More than 100 staff from Belmarsh are off sick.



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