This decision was made on the basis that Julian Assange had previously violated the conditions of bail.
Judge of the Central Criminal Court of London, Vanessa Baritser, refused to release on bail Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks. This became known on Wednesday, January 6.
Assange was denied bail on the grounds that he had previously violated bail conditions.
“I am convinced that there are substantial grounds for believing that Mr. Assange will not appear in court for his appeal if he is released today. Therefore, he must remain in custody,” the judge said.
All previous requests for bail by Assange’s lawyers have been denied by the court on the same grounds.
As you know, on January 4, the court refused to extradite Assange to the U.S. authorities. Lawyers for the U.S. side said they would challenge the decision. But the appeal could take many months, if not more than a year.
As you know, Washington has charged Assange with 18 counts, including violating the Espionage Act and conspiring to hack into a government computer. He faces 175 years in prison.
Assange is currently in a London prison, where he was taken after being extradited to authorities by the Ecuadorian embassy. He has been in hiding there since 2012.