RUSSIA (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange may be tortured in a British pre-trial detention center, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
“You see how one-on-one conversations in Washington are now being treated. They are trying to make unreasonable sins from this. But many questions arise. How then to be with freedom of access to information? If this principle is raised to the absolute, how are they trying do the Democrats on Capitol Hill, then you need to drop the charges against Edward Snowden, release Julian Assange and stop torturing him, which, apparently, he is subjected to in the British pre-trial detention center,” Lavrov said in the Interview with Maria Bondareva program TV channel ” Russia 24 “.
At the end of September, the father of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, John Shipton, said that his son was tortured in the British Belmarsh prison by all possible means, Independent reported. According to Shipton, Assange in prison suffers both mentally and physically.
At a court hearing on October 11, Assange, who participated in it by video link, also looked haggard and weak, looking like a person with health problems. He was asked the only question about whether he is Julian Assange and whether he can confirm the date of birth. The defendant answered in a low voice: “Yes.”
Hearings on the extradition of Assange to the United States will continue on October 21.
In April, Assange was imprisoned for violating the conditions of release on bail. At the same time, the court is considering the US request for his extradition; substantive hearings on this case will be held on February 25.
Assange, accused of sexual harassment and rape in Sweden in 2010, has been hiding since June 2012 at the Ecuadorian embassy in London for fear of extradition to a Scandinavian country. On the morning of April 11, 2019, he was detained at the request of the United States. A court in London found him guilty of violating bail conditions and sentenced him to 11 months in prison. Extradition hearings began on 2 May.
US authorities said in late May that they had charged Assange with 17 episodes of violation of the law on espionage and the disclosure of classified information. Previously, he was accused of conspiring to hack for one item. In the case of extradition to the United States, Assange faces years of imprisonment.
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