UK govt won’t release Assange amid virus

On 5th April 2020, Marty Silk reports for AAP

The Ministry of Justice confirmed with AAP that Julian Assange, who is being held on remand in Belmarsh prison, will not be temporarily released because he’s not serving a custodial sentence and therefore not eligible.

Editors Note: Refer to the The Julian Assange Clause in the Coronavirus (Scotland) Bill. Apparently, even though International Law grants Julian the right to the presumption on innocence, being detained awaiting extradition has fewer rights than being detained on remand which has fewer rights than being a convicted prisoner.

Editor’s Note: Michelle Bachelet (UN Human Rights Commissioner) stressed “Now, more than ever, governments should release every person detained without sufficient legal basis, including political prisoners and others detained simply for expressing critical or dissenting views”

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