A London judge has denied the request made by the defense of the founder of Wikileaks, Julian Assange, to be released on bail to avoid contracting the coronavirus in prison.
“Judge (Vanessa) Baraitser rejects the request for bail for Julian Assange, despite the serious risk to his health,” the Assange Defense Campaign has reported on Twitter.
The Assange Defense Campaign has criticized Judge Baraitser for rejecting bail despite the “extensive control measures” proposed as an alternative to prison.
Baraitser has considered that it is not necessary to release the Australian journalist because so far no case of Covid-19 has been registered in the Belmarsh prison, where he is located, according to the Bloomberg news agency.
In addition, he recalled that the last time he was released on bail Assange violated its terms by taking refuge in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he spent almost seven years.
Precisely, Assange is serving a 50-week prison sentence for violating the probation he was granted in 2012 in the framework of investigations against him for sexual crimes in Sweden.
Sweden has already shelved the investigations, but the United States has requested Assange’s extradition for publishing classified information leaked by the former military intelligence analyst. Chelsea Manning about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He could be sentenced to 175 years in prison.