District Judge of London Vanessa Baraitser refused the authorities of the U.S. in the extradition of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. The request was rejected due to the concerns over mental health of the defendant as BBC reported.
Baraitser explained that Assange has symptoms of depression and suicidal thoughts.
“The overall impression is of a depressed and sometimes despairing man fearful for his future,” she noted.
Assange will stay in prison during the period of time needed for the appeal of the U.S. prosecutor’s office.
The defense of Assange will demand his release on bail.
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 lived 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.