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Chelsea Manning to return to jail for refusing to testify

IANS  |  Washington 

Former US was once again found in contempt by a for refusing to testify before a grand and will return to jail, just seven days after being released from the same prison.

In a court proceeding on Thursday in Alexandria, Virginia, Manning was remanded by the US Marshals Service, reports

The also ruled that she will be fined $500 per day after 30 days and $1,000 per day after 60 days.

Manning was released from federal custody last week after spending 62 days in jail for refusing to testify before another grand in March about her disclosure of military and diplomatic secrets to WikiLeaks in 2010.

The questioning was apparently part of a continued effort by federal prosecutors investigating WikiLeaks founder and Manning was subsequently held in contempt.

Assistant US argued on Thursday that "Manning holds the keys to the jailhouse door", while Manning told that she would "rather starve to death" than testify.

"I would rather starve to death than change my opinions in that regard," Manning told Trenga, reiterating her opposition to the secretive grand process.

In a statement on Thursday, Manning's said she was "disappointed" in Trenga's decision to detain her client, but did not expect Manning to change course in her refusal to testify, reported.

Following Manning's release, her lawyers appeared to anticipate her being held in contempt a second time, as she planned to refuse to testify.

"Chelsea will continue to refuse to answer questions," they added.



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First Published: Fri, May 17 2019. 09:00 IST