On Monday, the defense team of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange submitted a request to the Westminster Court (London) to release him on bail pending an investigation, due to concerns about the Coronavirus. A step that failed, with Judge Vanessa Barrizer declaring, that this “global epidemic does not in itself constitute a reason for Assange’s release,” adding that the latter “violated the bail order when he fled to the Ecuadorian embassy in 2012” after following up on the proceedings of his trial via video. These fears were raised, and pressure to release the founder of “WikiLeaks”, due to pathological precedents from which he suffers, chiefly respiratory infections. In turn, Assange’s lawyer, Edward Fitzgerald, confirmed that there are no cases of corona inside the Belmarsh prison (suburbs of London) where Assange is arrested, but there are 100 officers in the prison who are not working, saying, “There is a very real danger and it can be fatal.” In this context, Britain is considering releasing some prisoners in “England” and “Wales” to ease the pressure on prisons after 10% of its employees stopped working after the symptoms of the virus appeared on them. It is noteworthy that the United States of America requested the extradition of Assange after the publication of his website “classified and sensitive materials”, and the British court has already started to consider the issue of his extradition last month, and decided to suspend the pleadings until May 18.
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