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Julian Assange's extradition hearing suspended over Covid-19 risk

The London hearing on WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's extradition from Britain to the United States was suspended Thursday because one of the lawyers may have been exposed to the coronavirus

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Julian Assange gestures as he arrives at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London

The London hearing on WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's from Britain to the United States was suspended Thursday because one of the lawyers may have been exposed to the

District Judge Vanessa Baraitser ordered the proceedings adjourned until Monday while a lawyer representing the US government is tested for the virus.

Assange is fighting American prosecutors' attempt to get the British government to send him to the US to stand trial on spying charges.

US prosecutors have indicted the 49-year-old Australian on 18 espionage and computer misuse charges over WikiLeaks' publication of secret U.S. military documents a decade ago. The charges carry a maximum sentence of 175 years in prison.

Assange's lawyers say the prosecution is a politically motivated abuse of power that will stifle press freedom and put journalists around the world at risk.

The hearing started Monday at London's Old Bailey criminal court and is scheduled to last about a month.

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First Published: Thu, September 10 2020. 17:27 IST
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