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ASSANGE EXTRADITION: Assange Won’t Be Released Amid Virus Crisis, Australian Newswire Reports

The Ministry of Justice told the AAP that Assange won’t be among those released because he isn’t serving a custodial sentence. 

WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange leaves Westminster Magistrates Court in London.

Via ConsortiumNews.com:

Imprisoned WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange is not eligible for an early Covid-19 release from prison with other inmates because he is not serving a criminal sentence, the Australian Associated Press has reported.

British Justice Secretary Robert Buckland said Saturday that some low-risk inmates, weeks from release will be let go with monitoring devices to help avoid a further outbreak of Covid-19 in the nations’ prisons.

Belmarsh Prison in London, file image.

So far 88 prisoners and 15 staff have tested positive for the virus in British prisons. More than 25 percent of the nations’ prison staff are quarantining themselves.

“This government is committed to ensuring that justice is served to those who break the law,” Buckland said in a statement. “But this is an unprecedented situation because if coronavirus takes hold in our prisons, the NHS could be overwhelmed and more lives put at risk.”

The Ministry of Justice told the AAP that Assange won’t be among those released because he isn’t serving a custodial sentence.

WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange leaves Westminster Magistrates Court in London.

Britain will release about 4,000 nonviolent inmates from their prisons to help curb the spread of the coronavirus, the country’s Ministry of Justice announced Saturday.

The ministry described prisoners eligible for release as “low-risk offenders,” noting those convicted of violent or sexual offenses will not be considered.

Inmates will be tracked electronically and required to stay home, officials said. — The Hill

In other words, because he has not been convicted of a crime, and is instead only being held on remand pending the outcome of the U.S. extradition request, he must remain in Belmarsh prison with high-risk inmates–the most serious and hardened criminals.

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jenny 234
jenny 234
April 6, 2020

and where, precisely, are his lawyers?

James Hunter
James Hunter
April 6, 2020

I say they want to keep Julian Assange in jail in the hope that he’ll contact the covid-19 and be declared dead, an end of the story they’ve been wishing all along since they saw the video that Assange’s Wikileak published about the illegal murdering of a dozen innocent people by the US’ Air crew, a document placed in a secret location, before it was fished out and given to Assange for publishing. Caught in the act, the US still won’t rest until it has managed to kill an innocent person whose doing was simply to have the world know,… Read more »

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