Julian Assange DENIED bail after winning bid against US extradition


Chaos erupted outdoors a courtroom in the present day as police hauled off a number of pro-Julian Assange protesters for allegedly breaking Covid guidelines because the WikiLeaks founder was denied bail by a decide. 

A big crowd of primarily maskless protesters needed to be pushed again by police after massing outdoors the doorway of Westminster Magistrates Courtroom. 

Later quite a few them, together with at the least three pensioners, have been led away by police. MailOnline has requested the Met to make clear their alleged offences. 

Earlier in the present day, the Met introduced they might be clamping down on Covid rule breakers, together with by issuing fines extra shortly for severe breaches.  

It got here as Assange misplaced his bid to turn into a free man after virtually 10 years of jail and self-imposed confinement, that means he must spend at the least two weeks extra in custody at HMP Belmarsh.  

He dramatically gained his authorized battle towards a US try and extradite him on Monday, and at a listening to this morning his attorneys argued he needs to be instantly launched from jail and held underneath home arrest. 

Assange’s attorneys had argued he had ‘each purpose’ to stay within the UK now the specter of extradition to the US had been eliminated, and claimed Belmarsh was unsafe attributable to a Covid outbreak. 

However Choose Vanessa Baraitser refused the request because of the threat he may attempt to flee whereas US officers put collectively a recent authorized problem, that means he’ll proceed to be held there for at the least two weeks. 

She advised the courtroom: ‘I am glad that there are substantial grounds for believing that if MA is launched in the present day, he would fail to give up to this courtroom. It’s on these grounds that the applying for bail is denied.’ 

Assange, who was sitting within the dock, stared on the floor because the decide delivered her ruling. His accomplice, Stella Morris, who was additionally in courtroom, regarded in the direction of him with a shocked expression. 

She mentioned afterwards: ‘This can be a enormous disappointment. Julian shouldn’t be in Belmarsh jail within the first place. I urge the Division of Justice to drop the costs and the president of the US to pardon Julian.”

WikiLeaks editor Kristinn Hrafnsson mentioned Assange’s attorneys would go to the Excessive Courtroom to enchantment the choice to not grant him bail ‘inside hours or just a few days’. 

A man carrying an Asda 'eco jute bag' is led away by Met Police officers after gathering outside Westminster Magistrates Court today

A person carrying an Asda ‘eco jute bag’ is led away by Met Cops after gathering outdoors Westminster Magistrates Courtroom in the present day 

Several maskless pro-Assange protesters were moved away by police after gathering outside a large group outside court

A number of maskless pro-Assange protesters have been moved away by police after gathering outdoors a big group outdoors courtroom

Police apprehend an Assange supporter holding a placard reading 'Don't extradite Assange' outside Westminster Magistrates Court

Police apprehend an Assange supporter holding a placard studying ‘Do not extradite Assange’ outdoors Westminster Magistrates Courtroom 

Judge Vanessa Baraitser rejected the arguments put forward by Assange's (pictured) lawyers, telling the court: 'I'm satisfied that there are substantial grounds for believing that if MA is released today, he would fail to surrender to this court'

Choose Vanessa Baraitser rejected the arguments put ahead by Assange’s (pictured) attorneys, telling the courtroom: ‘I am glad that there are substantial grounds for believing that if MA is launched in the present day, he would fail to give up to this courtroom’

Julian Assange's partner, Stella Moris, spoke to the press after he was refused bail. She said: 'This is a huge disappointment. Julian should not be in Belmarsh prison in the first place'

Julian Assange’s accomplice, Stella Moris, spoke to the press after he was refused bail. She mentioned: ‘This can be a enormous disappointment. Julian shouldn’t be in Belmarsh jail within the first place’

Assange is to be returned to high safety Belmarsh jail to await the result of an enchantment by the US towards Monday’s ruling that he shouldn’t be extradited on espionage expenses.

His attorneys had argued that he needs to be freed and be allowed to dwell together with his accomplice and two kids as a result of it was higher for his fragile psychological well being.

In addition they claimed that it was safer to be at house due to considerations about Covid within the jail.

However Choose Baraitser advised the courtroom: ‘Stringent earlier situations didn’t cease him from absconding and individuals who stood surety misplaced a substantial amount of cash.

‘He nonetheless has an enormous help community out there to him ought to he select to go to floor.’

Referring to her personal choice on Monday, through which she rejected the US’s request for Assange’s extradition, the decide mentioned: ‘As a matter of equity, the US have to be allowed to problem my choice and if Mr Assange absconds throughout this course of they may lose the chance to take action.

‘Mr Assange nonetheless has an enormous help community out there to him ought to he once more select to go to floor.’

On fears of Covid-19 spreading in Belmarsh jail, the decide added that the most recent data demonstrated it was managing the well being of inmates. 

On Monday, Choose Baraitser mentioned there was an ‘unmanageable excessive threat’ of Assange taking his personal life if he was housed amid the grim situations as she revealed he has autism, Asperger’s and a extreme depressive dysfunction.

She accepted the proof of medical consultants who revealed that Assange had spoken overtly about suicide whereas in Belmarsh and had ready for it by writing a will. A razor blade was additionally present in his cell.

A woman is put into handcuffs by police after a large crowd of protesters held pro-Assange placards outside the court

A lady is put into handcuffs by police after a big crowd of protesters held pro-Assange placards outdoors the courtroom 

Another protester wearing handcuffs is led away by Met Police officers. Unlike many of the demonstrators he chose to wear a mask

One other protester carrying handcuffs is led away by Met Cops. In contrast to most of the demonstrators he selected to put on a masks 

Mexico supplied political asylum to Mr Assange earlier this week. The nation’s president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador mentioned: ‘I will ask the overseas minister to hold out the related procedures to request that the UK authorities releases Mr Assange and that Mexico presents him political asylum.’

‘This can be a victory for Julian’: How Assange’s accomplice Stella Moris greeted Monday’s verdict

Ms Moris, who fell in love with Assange whereas she was his lawyer, mentioned outdoors the Previous Bailey: ‘I had hoped in the present day could be the day Julian would come house. At present just isn’t that day however that day will come quickly.

‘So long as Julian has to endure struggling in isolation as an unconvicted prisoner at Belmarsh jail, so long as our kids proceed to be robbed of their father’s love and affection, we can not have a good time.

‘We are going to have a good time the day he comes house. 

‘At present is a victory for Julian. At present’s victory is a primary step in the direction of justice on this case.

‘On behalf of Julian and myself, I wish to thank the thousands and thousands of individuals around the globe and the establishments which can be already calling for this persecution to finish.

‘I ask you all to shout louder, you foyer more durable, till he’s free. I name on everybody else to return collectively to defend Julian’s rights; not simply Julian’s rights, they’re your rights too. Julian’s freedom is coupled to all our freedoms and our freedoms are misplaced within the blink of an eye fixed.

‘I name on insiders to return ahead to reveal the total extent of the misconduct that has led to Julian’s imprisonment. And I name on the president of the US to finish this now.

‘Mr President, tear down these jail partitions. Let our little boys have their father. Free Julian, free the press, free us all.’ 

He mentioned Mexico would guarantee ‘that whoever receives asylum doesn’t intervene or intrude within the political affairs of any nation.’ 

The nation has beforehand supplied political asylum to high-profile worldwide figures equivalent to former Bolivian president Evo Morales. 

In the meantime, the Australian Prime Minister mentioned Assange can stay a free man if he chooses to return to his native nation when his authorized battle is over.  

Scott Morrison averted passing judgement on the choice however mentioned Assange would be capable to journey house if he his freed.

‘I notice the choice in a single day and like another Australian I perceive that is topic to enchantment… assuming that every one seems, he is like another Australian, he is free to return house to Australia if he needs,’ Mr Morrison advised 3AW radio.

‘Consular help has been supplied to Assange… it is a matter for him [if he returns] when proceedings and processes finish,’ the prime minister added. 

On Monday, Assange’s supporters have been overjoyed on the choice to not extradite him to the US however expressed dismay that the ruling was made on well being grounds reasonably than in defence of freedom of expression.

The activist has been backed by a raft of celebrities together with Pamela Anderson, artist Al Weiwei and designer Dame Vivienne Westwood.

Assange’s mom, Christine urged the US to not enchantment, saying her son had suffered sufficient.

She tweeted after Monday’s ruling: ‘UK Choose Vanessa Baraitser dominated towards extraditing my son Julian to the US on medical grounds.

‘US prosecutors state they may enchantment. I implore Pres Trump & Pres elect Biden to organize them to face down. The last decade lengthy course of was the punishment. He has suffered sufficient.’

Conservative MP David Davis mentioned: ‘Excellent news Julian Assange’s extradition has been blocked. Extradition treaties shouldn’t be used for political prosecutions.’

Jeremy Corbyn, whose brother, Piers, was outdoors the Previous Bailey on Monday, mentioned: ‘Excellent news that the extradition of Julian Assange has been refused – my congratulations to him and his authorized workforce. Extradition could be an assault on press freedom.

‘And it’s alarming that the decide has accepted US authorities arguments threatening freedom of speech and freedom to publish. There stays a lot at stake in his case, which is being noticed by so many around the globe. Assange needs to be launched.’

Assange, 49, faced an 18-count indictment, alleging a plot to hack computers and a conspiracy to obtain and disclose national defence information

Assange, 49, confronted an 18-count indictment, alleging a plot to hack computer systems and a conspiracy to acquire and disclose nationwide defence data 

A prison van arrives at the Westminster Magistrates Court this morning ahead of Assange's bail application hearing, as photographers try to picture Assange inside

A jail van arrives on the Westminster Magistrates Courtroom this morning forward of Assange’s bail utility listening to, as photographers attempt to image Assange inside 

A large crowd gathered outside the court today, with several police officers urging people to adhere to social distancing rules

A big crowd gathered outdoors the courtroom in the present day, with a number of law enforcement officials urging folks to stick to social distancing guidelines

Moris, with whom Assange shares two young sons, speaks to the media outside the Old Bailey in London on Monday

Moris, with whom Assange shares two younger sons, speaks to the media outdoors the Previous Bailey in London on Monday

How Assange is being defended by superstar lawyer Jennifer Robinson – whereas decide overseeing case extradited Sarkozy fraud suspect

Jennifer Robinson, a key member of Assange’s defence workforce, is the go-to barrister for the wealthy and well-known, most not too long ago strolling hand in hand with actress Amber Heard in her showdown towards her ex-husband Johnny Depp in his acrimonious libel trial.

She counts the Hollywood elite amongst her inside circle, travelling to George and Amal Clooney’s marriage ceremony on a speedboat with actor Invoice Murray.

A self-confessed Kyle Minogue fan, who has ‘nothing in her fridge however Champagne’ , the human rights lawyer as soon as set headlines alight after she was noticed canoodling with Jeremy Corbyn’s former spin physician, Seumas Milne.

Australian human rights lawyer Jennifer Robinson (left) with Assange's partner Stella Moris (right) at an earlier Old Bailey hearing

Australian human rights lawyer Jennifer Robinson (left) with Assange’s accomplice Stella Moris (proper) at an earlier Previous Bailey listening to

Ms Robinson and Mr Milne – a then-married father-of-two – have been photographed in a passionate embrace on the terrace of the Courthouse lodge in East London in 2017. The 39-year-old, who got here from humble beginnings in Australia, has been recognized to make use of her social media as an outlet to criticise the Tories on their human rights file and tweet help for Corbyn.

Much less is thought about Vanessa Baraitser, the district decide overseeing Assange’s case. 

She seems to be a specialist in extradition instances and final 12 months gave the go forward for an affiliate of former French president Nicolas Sarkozy to be returned to France for trial. 

Alexandre Djouhri, who was arrested at Heathrow final 12 months after arriving on a flight from his Swiss house, and is accused by French prosecutors of 9 offences referring to cash laundering and corruption. These are alleged to have been dedicated in circumstances related to Mr Sarkozy’s 2007 presidential marketing campaign.   

District Judge Vanessa Baraitser delivering her verdict on Monday

District Choose Vanessa Baraitser delivering her verdict on Monday

The journalist Glenn Greenwald added a notice of warning, saying the decide had endorsed a lot of the arguments put ahead by the US in favour of extradition – together with dismissing the concept that it was an assault on freedom of speech.

He mentioned: ‘This wasn’t a victory for press freedom. Fairly the opposite: the decide made clear she believed there are grounds to prosecute Assange in reference to the 2010 publication. It was, as an alternative, an indictment of the insanely oppressive US jail system for safety ‘threats.’

In the meantime, Edward Snowden – the whistleblower who labored with Wikileaks and is at present residing in Russia after leaking U.S. surveillance secrets and techniques – known as for an finish to the proceedings, tweeting: ‘Let this be the tip of it.’

Amnesty Worldwide tweeted: ‘We welcome the truth that Julian Assange is not going to be despatched to the USA, however this doesn’t absolve the UK from having engaged on this politically-motivated course of on the behest of the USA and placing media freedom and freedom of expression on trial.’

Choose Baraitser dominated that Assange risked being held underneath Particular Administrative Measures (Sams), which might have seen him in solitary confinement with restricted entry to household and solely two cellphone calls per thirty days.

She mentioned: ‘Confronted with the situations of close to complete isolation with out the protecting elements which restricted his threat at HMP Belmarsh, I’m glad the procedures described by the US is not going to forestall Mr Assange from discovering a solution to commit suicide and because of this I’ve determined extradition could be oppressive by purpose of psychological hurt and I order his discharge.

‘Regardless of his lighter spirit at instances, he is a depressed and typically despairing man who’s genuinely petrified of his future. He represents an unmanageable excessive threat of suicide, each in Belmarsh and the US.’

She revealed that in 1991 Mr Assange had tried to take his personal life and that there was a historical past of melancholy within the household.

His maternal grandmother and uncle each died by suicide, and Assange phoned the Samaritans most nights whereas in jail.

Australian-born Assange had been charged underneath the US’s 1917 Espionage Act for conspiring with Chelsea Manning, a former Military intelligence analyst, to hack right into a Pentagon pc community and publish secret paperwork associated to ‘nationwide defence.’

The WikiLeaks founder confronted a complete of 18 expenses and was additionally accused of placing the lives of US informants in danger by publishing the fabric.

Assange has been locked in a bitter dispute with US authorities since July 2010 when WikiLeaks began publishing tons of of hundreds of labeled US navy and political paperwork from the Afghan and Iraq wars.

As US officers pursued him by way of the British courts, in June 2012, Assange entered the Ecuadorian embassy, requesting political asylum, which was granted two months later.

Assange remained holed up on the embassy till April 2019 when Ecuador revoked his asylum standing, resulting in his arrest and kickstarting a authorized battle that culminated in Monday’s judgment.

Throughout his time within the embassy, the WikiLeaks founder fathered two kids together with his accomplice Stella Morris.

For the previous 19 months, Assange has been held at Belmarsh high safety jail.

He first appeared on the Previous Bailey final February, however the case was pushed again due to the coronavirus pandemic.

If Assange had stood trial within the US, he confronted a doable 175 years in jail if convicted of all expenses.

The controversial WikiLeaks founder has attracted quite a few high-profile supporters together with Pamela Anderson and Nobel Peace Prize winner Adolfo Perez Esquivel, who visited him on the Ecuadorian embassy.

Others to have lent their help embrace the artist Al Weiwei and designer Dame Vivienne Westwood.

Assange was represented at his Previous Bailey trial final 12 months by eminent lawyer Jennifer Robinson.

The courtroom head extraordinary particulars of the lengths US authorities have been ready to go to make sure that Assange stood trial within the nation.

Stella Moris, the mother of Julian Assange's children, Max and Gabriel (pictured left and right) this weekend said Britain 'would no longer be a haven for free speech' if he was extradited

Stella Moris, the mom of Julian Assange’s kids, Max and Gabriel (pictured left and proper) this weekend mentioned Britain ‘would now not be a haven totally free speech’ if he was extradited

This included hiring a US safety contractor to bug Assange’s conferences within the Ecuadorian embassy and even a doable kidnap or poison plot to finish the stalemate.

Choose Baraitser heard that if convicted, Assange confronted the prospect of being held in a Supermax ADX facility in Colorado, the place convicted terrorist Abu Hamza has been housed underneath Sams in solitary confinement.

Psychiatrists for the defence mentioned Assange had suffered from extreme melancholy and was a excessive suicide threat.

However attorneys for the US Authorities claimed that the prospect of Assange being held underneath Sams was ‘speculative’ and the sentence was prone to be a lot decrease.

Chelsea Manning had been sentenced to 35 years over her position in leaking labeled materials however was given clemency after seven years.

Nevertheless, she was jailed once more for contempt in 2019 and fined for refusing to testify in courtroom about Assange.

Timeline: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s lengthy authorized battle 


Assange creates Wikileaks with a bunch of like-minded activists and IT consultants to supply a safe manner for whistleblowers to leak data. He shortly turns into its figurehead and a lightning rod for criticism.


March: U.S. authorities allege Assange engaged in a conspiracy to hack a labeled U.S. authorities pc with former Military intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning. 

July: Wikileaks begins releasing tens of hundreds of high secrets and techniques paperwork, together with a video of U.S. helicopter pilots gunning down 12 civilians in Baghdad in 2007.  What adopted was the discharge of greater than 90,000 labeled US navy information from the Afghan battle and 400,000 from Iraq that included the names of informants. 

August: Two Swedish ladies declare that they every had consensual intercourse with Assange in separate situations when he was on a 10-day journey to Stockholm. They allege the intercourse turned non-consensual when Assange refused to put on a condom.

First lady claims Assange was staying at her house in Stockholm when he ripped off her garments. She advised police that when she realized Assange was making an attempt to have unprotected intercourse together with her, she demanded he use a condom. She claims he ripped the condom earlier than having intercourse.

Second Swedish lady claims she had intercourse with Assange at her house in Stockholm and she or he made him put on a condom. She alleges that she later woke as much as discover Assange having unprotected intercourse together with her.

He was questioned by police in Stockholm and denied the allegations. Assange was granted permission by Swedish authorities to fly again to the U.Okay.  

November: A Swedish courtroom dominated that the investigation needs to be reopened and Assange needs to be detained for questioning on suspicion of rape, sexual molestation and illegal coercion. A global arrest warrant is issued by Swedish police by way of Interpol.

Wikileaks releases its cache of greater than 250,000 U.S. diplomatic cables.  

December: Assange presents himself to London police and seems at an extradition listening to the place he’s remanded in custody. Assange is granted conditional bail on the Excessive Courtroom in London after his supporters pay £240,000 in money and sureties.


February: A British decide guidelines Assange needs to be extradited to Sweden however Wikileaks discovered vows to battle the choice.

April:  A cache of labeled U.S. navy paperwork is launched by Wikileaks, together with intelligence assessments on almost the entire 779 people who find themselves detained on the Guantanamo Bay jail in Cuba.

November: Assange loses Excessive Courtroom enchantment towards the choice to extradite him.


June: Assange enters the Ecuadorian embassy in London requesting political asylum. 

August: Assange is granted political asylum by Ecuador.


June: Assange tells a bunch of journalists he is not going to go away the embassy even when intercourse expenses towards him are dropped out of worry he might be extradited to the U.S.


August: Swedish prosecutors drop investigation into a few of the intercourse allegations towards Assange attributable to time restrictions. The investigation into suspected rape stays lively.


July: Wikileaks begins leaking emails U.S. Democratic Get together officers favoring Hillary Clinton.

November: Assange is questioned over the intercourse allegation on the Ecuadorian Embassy within the presence of Sweden’s assistant prosecutor Ingrid Isgren and police inspector Cecilia Redell. The interview spans two days. 


January: Barack Obama agrees to free whistleblower Chelsea Manning from jail. Her pending launch prompts hypothesis Assange will finish his self-imposed exile after Wikileaks tweeted he would comply with U.S. extradition.

April: Lenin Moreno turns into the brand new president of Ecuador who was recognized to wish to enhance diplomatic relations between his nation and the U.S. 

Might: An investigation right into a intercourse allegation towards Assange is immediately dropped by Swedish prosecutors. 


January: Ecuador confirms it has granted citizenship to Assange following his request. 

February: Assange is visited by Pamela Anderson and Nobel Peace Prize winner Adolfo Perez Esquivel.

March: The Ecuadorian Embassy suspends Assange’s web entry as a result of he wasn’t complying with a promise he made the earlier 12 months to ‘not ship messages which entailed interference in relation to different states’.

August: U.S. Senate committee asks to interview Assange as a part of their investigation into alleged Russian interference within the 2016 election.

September: Assange steps down as editor of WikiLeaks.

October: Assange reveals he’ll launch authorized motion towards the federal government of Ecuador, accusing it of violating his ‘elementary rights and freedoms’.

November: U.S. Justice Division inadvertently names Assange in a courtroom doc that claims he has been charged in secret. 


January: Assange’s attorneys say they’re taking motion to make President Trump’s administration reveal expenses ‘secretly filed’ towards him.

April 6: WikiLeaks tweets {that a} excessive degree Ecuadorian supply has advised them Assange might be expelled from the embassy inside ‘hours or days’. However a senior Ecuadorian official says no choice has been made to take away him from the London constructing. 

April 11: Assange has his diplomatic asylum revoked by Ecuador and he’s arrested by the Metropolitan Police; he’s remanded in custody by a decide at Westminster Magistrates Courtroom.

April 12: He’s discovered responsible of breaching his bail phrases.

Might 1: Sentenced to 11 months in jail.

Might 2: Courtroom listening to takes place over Assange’s proposed extradition to the U.S. He tells a courtroom he doesn’t consent to the extradition and the case is adjourned till Might 30.

Might 13: Swedish prosecutors reopen rape case saying they nonetheless wish to query Assange. 

June 3: Swedish courtroom guidelines towards detaining him in absentia, setting again the extradition case.

June 12 Dwelling Secretary Sajid Javid indicators an extradition request from the US.

June 13 A listening to units out the date for Assange’s full extradition listening to – February subsequent 12 months.

November  Swedish prosecutors cease investigation into an allegation of rape towards Mr Assange 

November 25 – Medics say with out right medical care Assange ‘may die’ in Belmarsh 

December 13 –  Listening to in London hears he’s being blocked from seeing key proof in case

December 19 – Seems at Westminster Magistrates Courtroom by way of video-link the place his lawyer claims US bid to extradite him is ‘political’. 


February 24 –Assange faces an extradition listening to at Woolwich Crown Courtroom.

Assange’s representatives argue he can not legally be handed to the US for ‘political offences’ due to a 2003 extradition treaty.

March 2 – Assange seems by video hyperlink at Westminster Magistrates Courtroom, the place he’s refused bail amid the coronavirus disaster.

April 11 – Stella Moris, Assange’s accomplice, who gave delivery to his two kids whereas he was residing contained in the Ecuadorian embassy, points a plea for his launch amid fears for his well being.

June 24 – The US Division of Justice points an up to date 18-count indictment, over Assange’s alleged position in ‘one of many largest compromises of labeled data within the historical past of the US’.

August 25 – Ms Moris visits her accomplice in Belmarsh jail for the primary time in virtually six months.

September 7 – Assange’s extradition hearings resume on the Previous Bailey. They’re anticipated to go on for as much as 4 weeks.

October 1 – Choose Vanessa Baraitser adjourned the case on the Previous Bailey till January 4. 

January 4 – Choose Baraitser strikes down US extradition bid. 

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