The procedural hearing will take place on May 30. The substantive trial hearing is appointed for June 12. The judge noted that the trial on this case can last for “many months.”
Assange, who stays in the jail and followed the session through the video link, stated that he will fight against extradition to the U.S.
Julian Assange was detained by the British police officers after seven years of hiding at the Embassy of Ecuador in the UK. He was arrested at the central police unit of London. The next session is appointed for May 2.
Julian Assange has been living in Ecuador’s Embassy since 2012. He could not leave its territory as he would be immediately arrested for refusal to be present in the court in 2012. Besides, Washington is trying to get him. The U.S. opened a probe against him on disclosure of secret data of the Setae Department.
In March, Assange was deprived of all the communication means due to the violation of a written commitment as of 2017 not to spread statements which would suppose the involvement in the relations with other states. He spread information about Russia’s guiltlessness in Skripal’s case.