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UK: Assange supporters worried for his health after seeing him in courtroom

United Kingdom, London
October 21, 2019 at 14:39 GMT +00:00 · Published

Supporters of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange voiced their concerns about his health, as some of them managed to see him in the courtroom of Westminster Magistrates' Court in London, where he was taken for a case management hearing, on Monday.

"There were like 41 seats, we were, like, raising our fists when we saw him. It was like he clearly had tears in his eyes. It was really an emotional moment," said Isabell, an Assange supporter from Germany.

"We're extremely concerned about his health at the moment. And, his conditions of remand in Belmarsh prison is totally unacceptable. A publisher, in the twenty first century in this country, where he has to endure, what he has endured over almost a decade," said Aimee.

"He explained how difficult it is because of his conditions in Belmarsh to stay in touch with the developments in his case. He explained how difficult it was to communicate with his lawyers. And the reply from the judge was: "The conditions of your stay in Belmarsh is not the object of this court." So, completely dismissed. She wasn't interested in what he had to say. It's a shocking situation," she added.

The WikiLeaks founder was due to appear in court for an extradition hearing. He is charged with computer-hacking and violating US espionage law.

Assange completed his sentence for skipping bail on September 22, but remained in jail as a judge believed he could flee before his US extradition hearing.

He is facing the extradition request on espionage charges related to the publication of classified military and diplomatic documents in 2010.

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Supporters of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange voiced their concerns about his health, as some of them managed to see him in the courtroom of Westminster Magistrates' Court in London, where he was taken for a case management hearing, on Monday.

"There were like 41 seats, we were, like, raising our fists when we saw him. It was like he clearly had tears in his eyes. It was really an emotional moment," said Isabell, an Assange supporter from Germany.

"We're extremely concerned about his health at the moment. And, his conditions of remand in Belmarsh prison is totally unacceptable. A publisher, in the twenty first century in this country, where he has to endure, what he has endured over almost a decade," said Aimee.

"He explained how difficult it is because of his conditions in Belmarsh to stay in touch with the developments in his case. He explained how difficult it was to communicate with his lawyers. And the reply from the judge was: "The conditions of your stay in Belmarsh is not the object of this court." So, completely dismissed. She wasn't interested in what he had to say. It's a shocking situation," she added.

The WikiLeaks founder was due to appear in court for an extradition hearing. He is charged with computer-hacking and violating US espionage law.

Assange completed his sentence for skipping bail on September 22, but remained in jail as a judge believed he could flee before his US extradition hearing.

He is facing the extradition request on espionage charges related to the publication of classified military and diplomatic documents in 2010.

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