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Published Date: Monday 27 January 2020 - 16:23:31
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UK judge warns against further delay in Assange extradition case

UK judge warns against further delay in Assange extradition case
World  - A British judge warned against any further delay in hearing Julian Assange's fight against extradition to the United States on charges over the leak of classified documents.

The WikiLeaks founder's full hearing is now likely to continue to mid-year after lawyers on both sides asked for it to be split into two parts.

District Judge Vanessa Baraitser agreed to the split, but told Westminster Magistrates' Court in London she considered it a "lengthy delay" and added she was "unlikely to look favorably" on any further requests for dates to be moved.

The case will open as planned at Woolwich Crown Court on February 24 but will adjourn after one week and continue with a three-week hearing scheduled to begin on May 18.

A lawyer for the US government described the split as "sensible" and "necessary", and Assange's team agreed, saying more time was needed before their case would be ready.


Assange is awaiting the outcome of an extradition request by the US, where he faces 18 charges, including of conspiring to commit computer intrusion.

He is accused of working with former US army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to leak hundreds of thousands of classified documents.

 

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Published Date: Monday 27 January 2020 - 16:23:31
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