Court hearings on the extradition to the United States of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will resume in London on September 7. The organization announced this on Wednesday, May 13, on Twitter.
“Delayed extradition hearings will resume on September 7th. The decision on what court they will be held has not yet been made,” it said in the message.
May 4, the court in the UK postponed the hearing on the extradition of Assange to September. It was noted that the hearing may be held in another court, outside London. The founder of the website WikiLeaks himself was not present at the meeting because of his poor health.
On March 25, the court refused to temporarily release Assange from prison amid the spread of coronavirus in Britain. Judge Vanessa Baritzer argued that in case of his release the founder of WikiLeaks will not return to the extradition hearing.
On March 12, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova described the actions of Washington and London in relation to the founder of WikiLeaks as an apotheosis of lies and the logic of double standards. She noted that on March 7, the Assange case was considered by the OSCE Permanent Council and the Russian delegation once again raised the issue of the ongoing political violence against the founder of WikiLeaks.
Since 2012, Assange has been in hiding at the Ecuadorian embassy in London after being accused of sexual harassment and rape in Sweden and awaiting extradition to the United States. In 2019, the Ecuadorian diplomatic mission extradited Assange to the British authorities, and the journalist was imprisoned for violating bail conditions.