A court in London refused to release Assange from prison because of the coronavirus

The London Court refused to release Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, temporarily from prison amid the spread of coronavirus in Britain. This was said on Wednesday, March 25, in the announcement of the verdict, Judge Vanessa Barreitzer.

“Mr Assange’s past behaviour has demonstrated what he is willing to do to avoid extradition. “If I release him now, he will not return to the extradition hearing.”

Earlier Wednesday, Assange’s lawyers filed a petition for the release of the founder of WikiLeaks due to the spread of coronavirus, the agency said.

Since 2012, Assange has been in hiding at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, after he was accused of sexual harassment and rape in Sweden and awaited extradition to the United States. In 2019, the Ecuadorian diplomatic mission extradited Assange to the British authorities, the journalist was imprisoned for violating the conditions of bail.

Washington has charged Assange with 18 counts, including violation of the law on espionage and conspiracy to break into a government computer. The US Department of Justice said the journalist could be sentenced to 175 years in prison.