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Ruptly is live outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London, as a preliminary hearing for the United States appeal against the denial on Julian Assange’s extradition to the US to face espionage charges is held. Assange is expected to attend the hearing in person.
A protest in his support is set to take place outside the court. Following that hearing, the High Court is expected to schedule a date to hear full appeal arguments. In July, Britain’s High Court granted the US government a permission to appeal an earlier decision by a lower court judge that Assange could not be sent to the United States to face charges due to concerns over his mental health and potential risk of suicide in the US prison system.
The Wikileaks founder faces seventeen charges under the Espionage Act, and one under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act in the US. He could get a sentence of 175 years in prison, if convicted. Currently, Assange is held in near-solitary confinement in London’s HMP Belmarsh.