News | International
28 Oct 2020 19:29
NZCity News
NZCity CalculatorReturn to NZCity

  • Start Page
  • Personalise
  • Sport
  • Weather
  • Finance
  • Shopping
  • Jobs
  • Horoscopes
  • Lotto Results
  • Photo Gallery
  • Site Gallery
  • TVNow
  • Dating
  • SearchNZ
  • NZSearch
  • Crime.co.nz
  • RugbyLeague
  • Make Home
  • About NZCity
  • Contact NZCity
  • Your Privacy
  • Advertising
  • Login
  • Join for Free

  •   Home > News > International

    British court to give verdict on Julian Assange's extradition to US in January

    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will have to wait until early next year to find out if he will be extradited to the United States to face charges including espionage, after his hearing finished at a London court on Thursday.


    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will have to wait until early next year to find out if he will be extradited to the United States to face charges including espionage, after his hearing finished at a London court on Thursday.

    US authorities accuse Assange, 49, of conspiring to hack government computers and of violating an espionage law in connection with the release of confidential cables by WikiLeaks in 2010-2011.

    Judge Vanessa Baraitser told London's Old Bailey Court at the conclusion of hearings from witnesses in the case that she would deliver her verdict on January 4.

    "Unless any further application for bail is made, and between now and the 4th of January, you will remain in custody for the same reasons as have been given to you before," she told Assange, who was sitting behind a security screen at the back of the court.

    The judge has previously denied Assange bail over fears he is a flight risk.

    Assange jumped bail in 2012 when he sought asylum at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he ended up staying for seven years before being evicted and subsequently arrested.

    He has been in a London prison since April 2019.

    She also told Assange that he will have to appear via video link to the courts every 28 days between now and her ruling.

    Assange's defence team have asked for another four weeks to submit their closing argument to the judge.

    That will be followed two weeks later by the closing argument of lawyers acting on behalf of the US Government, and a subsequent response a few days later from Assange's team.

    Assange's lawyers argue that the charges are politically motivated, that his mental health is at risk, that conditions in US prisons breach Britain's human rights laws, and that he and his lawyers were spied on while he was in the Ecuadorian embassy.

    The legal team representing the United States have countered that many of those arguments are issues which should be addressed in a trial, and have no bearing on extradition.

    ABC/wires

    © 2020 ABC Australian Broadcasting Corporation. All rights reserved


     Other International News
     28 Oct: Melania Trump joins the US election campaign trail, telling Pennsylvania rally she doesn't always agree with the President's approach
     28 Oct: How to prepare yourself — and your brain — to face bushfires
     28 Oct: End of free childcare leads to jump in prices ahead of expected interest rate cut
     28 Oct: Donald Trump's scare tactics worked with suburban women in 2016. Here’s why they're turning away sharply in 2020
     28 Oct: Five quick questions answered about finding water on the Moon
     28 Oct: When will we know the results of the 2020 US election? It could get complicated
     28 Oct: UK records highest daily COVID-19 death toll since May, study shows declining antibody immunity
     Top Stories

    RUGBY RUGBY
    The Barbarians who broke coronavirus protocols ahead of their scheduled rugby match with England, will not face a police investigation More...


    BUSINESS BUSINESS
    The Government's being urged not to go ahead with its minimum wage rise next year More...



     Today's News

    Entertainment:
    Arnold Schwarzenegger has undergone heart surgery 19:25

    International:
    Melania Trump joins the US election campaign trail, telling Pennsylvania rally she doesn't always agree with the President's approach 19:07

    International:
    How to prepare yourself — and your brain — to face bushfires 18:57

    Environment:
    The Lower North Island and top of the South ... has been shaken by a small quake 18:57

    Entertainment:
    Sir Ian McKellen has been enjoying a "lazy" lockdown 18:55

    Business:
    The Government's being urged not to go ahead with its minimum wage rise next year 18:37

    Entertainment:
    Justin Bieber has "a lot more confidence" in his relationships now 18:25

    Law and Order:
    A former employee who defrauded Canterbury DHB has been sentenced to three years in prison, but her name remains secret 18:07

    Politics:
    End of free childcare leads to jump in prices ahead of expected interest rate cut 17:57

    Entertainment:
    Dame Judi Dench once gave her goldfish the "kiss of life" 17:55


     News Search






    Power Search


    © 2020 New Zealand City Ltd