Assange fails to appear by video link at case management hearing due to illness

30th May 2019

Today, 30 May 2019, Senior District Judge Emma Arbuthnot, Chief Magistrate, held Julian Assange’s case management hearing. This was a routine administrative hearing which was organised after the US added 17 more charges to Mr Assange’s indictment. Mr Assange was due to appear at the hearing via video link from Belmarsh prison, however his solicitor told the court that he is “not very well” and the media have since reported that he is currently being cared for in the hospital at Belmarsh prison.

At the end of the hearing, Judge Arbuthnot ruled that the next hearing will take place on 12 June 2019 and will be held at either Westminster Magistrates’ Court or Belmarsh Magistrates’ Court which is adjacent to Belmarsh prison.

WikiLeaks has since published a statement explaining that Mr Assange’s health “has continued to deteriorate and he has dramatically lost weight”.

You can read more on our coverage of this case here.

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