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Australia opposed to death penalty for Assange

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says remains "completely opposed" to the death penalty amid fears that Australian native could be exposed to such punishment if he is extradited to the

Australian consular officials plan to visit the founder in a London jail on Friday a day after he was arrested at the where he'd been holed up nearly seven years.

For now, he faces a single computer conspiracy charge in the U.S. that does not carry the death penalty, but his supporters fear more serious charges may be brought later.

Payne said Friday the U.K. had sought assurances from the U.S. that Assange would not be exposed to the death penalty.

Assange plans to fight extradition, but Australian leaders have indicated they wouldn't intervene.

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First Published: Fri, April 12 2019. 11:30 IST