Assange sentenced 50 weeks jail term in Britain

January 23, 2023 5:57 pm25 commentsViews: 64

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is sentenced to fifty weeks of jail term by a British court for jumping bail in 2012.

To avoid extradition to Sweden in 2012 the whistleblower skipped bail and stayed at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.

Assange was wanted on sexual assault allegations by Sweden, but he denied it.

Following decision of Ecuador not to host Assange any more inside its embassy in London the British police arrested him in mid-April.

British Judge Deborah Taylor at Southwark Crown Court in central London handed Assange a sentence for the offense.

The maximum term for the offense is a full year but while sentencing a bit less the judge said Assange displayed a disdain for the law of this country.

Seven years in Ecudorian embassy in London should have offset any prison sentence and Assange will face about half his sentence in jail if he commits no further crimes, added the judge.

Meanwhile, Assange is also wanted in the United States for stealing classified government information.

Both the countries have an extradition treaty and as death penalty is outlawed in the UK, the same has to be assured by Washington.

During the time of his stay in embassy Ecuador claims was spending about $35,000 per month to house the WikiLeaks founder as extra security was provided to him and he had also demanded for extra space within the embassy.

According to Ecuador a total of about $10 million has been spent on Assange since 2012.

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