Assange must stay in prison: UK Judge
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/Europe: Julian 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.
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.