The main hearings on the case Assange will be in full-time mode
Hearings on the extradition case in the United States of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, scheduled for early September, will be in full-time mode, the defendant must be present in the courtroom, said the judge of the magistrates court in Westminster Vanessa Baraitser.
On Monday held another administrative hearing on the case Assange. The interests of the defendant were represented by attorneys Edward Fitzgerald and mark summers. The meeting started without the presence of Assange, however, the judge demanded that the defendant watched the hearings via video link and adjourned in order that the officers could provide video session with the court. Assange joined the hearing from a special room from Belmarsh prison: he looked tired, stooping once sneezed. He was wearing a beige sweater and pink shirt, Assange was without a mask.
"I assume all will be present at the hearing on the extradition in September, including Assange himself... Not on video. The following mandatory technical hearings will be held on August 14. Today is the deadline for any new evidence for the prosecution," said the judge, in closing the meeting.
The defense and prosecution agreed with Baraitser. Fitzgerald said that the defence will present the court with all the arguments for the upcoming major hearing on August 25, the prosecution agreed to give the answer to them on 2 September. Also, the court is to obtain a detailed report on the mental health of Assange. Earlier it was planned to July 31, however, caused by a coronavirus difficulties that can occur later.
In the hearings on 14 August, Assange is expected to participate by video conference. The key for the extradition hearing will begin on 7 September in the Central criminal court in London and will last three weeks.
At this meeting, the charges formally filed new charges against the U.S. founder of Wikileaks. In late June, Assange is accused of conspiring with associated with Anonymous hackers, but also expanded the scope of this agreement.
"What makes the United States - is unprecedented. The new charges are introduced during the ongoing process. The new charges do not contain anything new - all of the alleged events was known to the prosecution years... That's what's really going on: despite years of efforts, the prosecution is still unable to form a coherent and strong case..." - said in connection with the actions of the Prosecutor's office editor in chief of WikiLeaks Kristinn Hrafnsson.
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. In the case of extradition to U.S. Assange faces a prison sentence of up to 175 years.