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WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange was ordered to remain in prison once his 50-week prison sentence ends on September 22, over concerns that he will evade a US extradition request due to his "history of absconding," according to the BBC.
The 48-year-old Assange was arrested on April 11th and found guilty of violating the terms of his bail conditions nearly seven years earlier, after he claimed asylum at Ecuador's London embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden where he was wanted for questining over an alleged sexual assault. On May 1, he was sentenced to 50 weeks in London's Belmarsh Prison - however the reason for Assange's September release date (just 23 weeks later including time served) is unclear.
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"In my view, I have substantial ground for believing if I release you, you will abscond again," said Westminster Magistrates' Court District Judge Vanessa Baraitser.
Over the summer his lawyer and supporters have reported the 48-year old's health has deteriorated rapidly amid solitary confinement conditions, with very limited contact to the outside world. He's set for a full extradition hearing next year, February 25th, after his US extradition request was signed...
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