Julian Assange DROPS his appeal against his 50-week jail term

Mail Online | 6/19/2012 | Tim Stickings For Mailonline
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Julian Assange has dropped an appeal against his 50-week jail term for jumping bail by going into hiding in the Ecuadorian embassy.

The WikiLeaks founder entered the embassy in London in 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he was wanted in connection with sexual offences allegations.

Years - Embassy - Police - April - Ecuador

He spent nearly seven years living in the embassy until being dramatically dragged out by police in April after Ecuador revoked his political asylum.

The 48-year-old was jailed for 50 weeks for breaching his bail conditions, just short of the one-year maximum for the offence.

Atlantic - US - Officials - Compromises - Information

He is also wanted across the Atlantic for what U.S. officials call 'one of the largest compromises of classified information in the history of the United States'.

He lodged an appeal against the length of his sentence and a hearing was due to take place at the Court of Appeal in London on July 23.

Assange - Appeal - Spokeswoman - Judiciary - Thursday

But Assange is no longer pursuing the appeal and a spokeswoman for the judiciary confirmed on Thursday that the planned hearing had been cancelled.

Sentencing him at Southwark Crown Court in May, Judge Deborah Taylor said it was 'difficult to envisage a more serious example' of breaching the Bail Act.

Assange - Court - Actions - Situation

Assange wrote to the court to apologise for his actions, which he said he regretted and acknowledged may have placed him in a more serious situation.

Judge Taylor said this was the first time he had expressed contrition over his actions, which she stated cost at least £16 million in public funds.

Embassy - Reach - Whilst - UK

She said: 'Firstly, by entering the embassy, you deliberately put yourself out of reach, whilst remaining in the UK.

'You remained there for nearly seven years, exploiting your privileged position to flout the law and advertise internationally your disdain for the law of this country.'

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She also said his actions 'undoubtedly' affected Swedish prosecutors' efforts, which were discontinued in May 2017 'not...
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