Sep 15, 2019 18:25 Asia/Tehran [Updated: Oct 10, 2019 22:19 Asia/Tehran]
  • Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London in 2017, Photo by AP
    Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London in 2017, Photo by AP

A judge in London has ruled that Julian Assange has to remain in jail until an extradition hearing next year with the pretext of ‘absconding’. 

Iran Press/EuropeJulian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, had been scheduled to be released next week, after serving a 50-week sentence for jumping bail in 2012 and taking refuge in Ecuador’s London embassy rather than accepting extradition to Sweden to face a rape accusation.

But a judge in London ruled on Friday that he must remain in prison until an extradition hearing next year, citing a 'history of absconding,' BBC reported. 

Assange was arrested at the Ecuadorian Embassy over sexual assault allegations - which he has denied.

Assange, 48 years old, is wanted in the United States, where he faces charges of conspiracy to hack government computers, and of obtaining and publishing secret documents in 2010.

The Australian is fighting extradition to the US over allegations of leaking government secrets.

He will face a full extradition hearing next year, starting on 25 February, after an extradition request was signed by the then home secretary Sajid Javid in June.

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