Lawyers Assange commented on the new charges
The lawyers of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange surprised by the new charges against their client in the United States, said the defendant's lawyer mark summers.
A Federal Grand jury in the United States on June 25 issued a second indictment in the address Assange, including its collusion with the hackers associated with Anonymous. The conclusion does not contain new criminal episodes in addition to the 18 articles listed in the first indictment in may of 2019, however, expands the scope of collusion around the alleged computer break-ins, in which Assange was accused of earlier.
"We were surprised by the time in which it was done. This may violate the terms of the case," said summers, speaking on Monday during the next administrative hearing in the magistrate's court in London's Westminster.
According to him, the defense learned of the new charges from the media.
On Monday, judge Vanessa Baraitser ruled that the main hearings on extradition of Assange, scheduled for September 7, will be held in the Central criminal court of London - the old Bailey. At the hearing, held in the mode of telephone conference and lasted a few minutes, the defense reiterated concern for the health of the client and stated that the forensic psychologist can not access it.
Assange himself has been almost three months did not appear in court, even via video link. The defence argues that due to the lung disease, the Wikileaks founder is at risk for infection COVID-19 and transfer the disease with severe consequences. Lawyers said earlier that doctors ' recommendations Assange cannot be present even in an unventilated room for video communication with the court. Protection claims that cannot obtain full access to the defendant because of quarantine measures. While at the same meetings, the lawyers said Assange gave them all powers to represent him at the trial.
Previously, the court determined the date of submission of the documents for the extradition hearing on the merits on August 25, to protect and September 1 for the prosecution. Also, the prosecution has until July 31 to submit a full report on the mental health of the defendant.
Assange is accused in Sweden in 2010, sexual harassment and rape, in hiding since June 2012 in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, fearing extradition to the Scandinavian country. On the morning of 11 April 2019, he was detained at the request of the United States. A court in London found him guilty of violating the terms of bail and was sentenced to 11 months in prison. Hearings on the issue of extradition began on may 2 last year. Shortly thereafter, the U.S. government announced that Assange filed new charges of 17 counts of violations of the espionage act and the disclosure of classified information. In the case of extradition to U.S. Assange faces a prison sentence of up to 175 years.
The main hearing on the issue of his extradition to the U.S. will resume September 7th.