10/21, 1:54 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Assange denied extradition hearing delay

The Westminster Court of Magistrates on Monday declined WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange's request for a provisional release claiming, that, due to his health problems, Assange is able to take part in the hearing through a videocall from Belmarsh prison, where he is held. Judge Vanessa Baraitser decided the full extradition hearing will be held in February 2020.

Assange is currently facing charges for government hacking conspiracy and violating espionage law. If found guilty, he'd face decades in prison.

Assange's lawyer Mark Summers QC said the United States tried to "kidnap and harm" Assange, after he was denied a delay of his extradition. Assange reportedly confirmed those fears and Summers claimed "those fears are among "multiplicitous" issues that meant the case should be delayed for three months."

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