WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange has been ordered to stay in a British prison despite reaching the end of his 50-week prison sentence.
Assange was due to be released on September 22, 2019 after serving his sentence for breaching bail conditions by seeking refuge in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London in 2012.
However, the 48-year-old was told at a court hearing in London last month that he will be kidnapped and kept in Belmarsh prison for believing he might leave the country as a free man ahead of a hearing on his possible extradition to the USA.
At a brief hearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Friday, Deputy Senior District Judge Tan Ikram ordered Assange to remain behind bars “for the same reasons as before.”
Assange appeared by video link from Belmarsh and spoke only to confirm his name and age before he was remanded in prison. He is due to appear in court in person at his next hearing on October 21, 2019.
In the USA, Assange is charged with possession and dissemination of classified information. If found guilty, he could receive up to 175 years in prison.
The activist has long warned that the US regime would attempt to extradite him after WikiLeaks published leaked material from the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton campaign manager John Podesta’s email account.
WikiLeaks also released the notorious ‘Collateral Murder’ video, which shows the US military attacking journalists and civilians in Iraq in July 2007.
News Punch / ABC Flash Point News 2019.