Julian Assange: December court dates

On 12 Dec 2019, 11:01, Bridges for Media Freedom < bridges4media@riseup.net> wrote:

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** We have been advised that the 20 December interview will be
conducted in private. Media and public will not be admitted. **

Julian Assange: December court dates

WHEN: Friday 13 December, Thursday 19 December and Friday 20 December
WHERE: Westminster Magistrates’ Court, 181 Marylebone Road, London NW1

WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange, who is fighting extradition to the
United States in an unprecedented Espionage Act prosecution for
journalistic activity, will be appearing in person at Westminster
Magistrates’ Court on Friday 20 December.

The purpose of this hearing is to further a Spanish criminal case
concerning extensive surveillance conducted at Ecuador’s London
embassy. Julian Assange lived at the Ecuadorian embassy for close to
seven years as an asylee until his expulsion and arrest on 11 April

Prosecutors in the Spanish case allege that video and audio recordings
of legal meetings conducted within the Ecuadorian Embassy were shared
with the United States.

Assange will appear in person at Westinster Magistrates’ Court to be
interviewed as a witness to these events. The interview will be
conducted by Judge José de la Mata at Spain’s National Court in Madrid,
participating by videolink.

A case management hearing in the extradition proceedings has been
scheduled for Thursday 19 December, also at Westminster Magistrates’
Court. An earlier hearing on Friday 13 December is expected to be
entirely administrative and will confirm that Assange remains in
custody at HMP Belmarsh, where he is detained on the medical ward.

Assange will participate in both of these hearings by videolink.

Concerns for Julian Assange’s welfare have grown since his disoriented
appearance at a case management hearing on 21 October. Last month, UN
Special Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer renewed his warning that
Assange’s life is at risk. [1] An open letter from 60 medical
professionals called for Assange’s transfer to a university teaching
hospital. [2]




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