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Julian Assange's extradition hearing begins

Feb 25, 2020

London (United Kingdom), Feb 25: A British court has begun hearing the case of Julian Assange, the founder of the Wikileaks website, who is fighting extradition to the United States.
Assange, who is currently imprisoned in the UK, has been accused by US judicial authorities of involvement in hacking confidential information.
He had spent nearly seven years inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. But last year, he was arrested and convicted of violating the conditions of his bail in the UK.
British media reported that at the court hearing on Monday, the US's lawyer insisted Assange should be extradited to stand trial in the US. The lawyer argued that Assange's actions put the lives of informants and others at risk.
Assange's lawyer said his client should not be extradited to the US, as he would be a suicide risk. The lawyer added that the extradition would expose Assange to inhumane treatment.
Supporters of Assange gathered outside the court to protest.
The hearing will last about one week before entering a recess. The proceedings will reopen in May, with a ruling expected thereafter.
Source: NHK World