Wednesday 22 November 2017

Assange facing jail term for bail breach

Erik Larson

Julian Assange, founder of the anti-secrecy website Wiki-Leaks, will probably lose his bid for asylum from Ecuador and end up in an English jail for breaking the terms of his bail during an extradition fight, UK lawyers say.

Ecuador will seek to protect its relationship with Britain and the EU by rejecting Mr Assange's bid, said Peter Watson, a lawyer with Allen & Overy LLP in London, who isn't involved in the case.

Mr Assange will then be arrested, lose the bail money put up by his supporters and be jailed until he's extradited to Sweden on rape claims, Mr Watson said.

"Seeking political asylum following an open, public trial and an appeal to the highest court in the land is essentially saying the UK court system stinks," Mr Watson said.

"That would be a very difficult position for Ecuador".

The claims against Mr Assange, an Australian, became public around the same time he posted classified US military and diplomatic cables on the website. Mr Assange denies the rape allegations.

He breached his bail by staying overnight at the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

Irish Independent

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