Julian Assange has to go into the British cell for fifty weeks after he violated the terms of his bail some seven years ago. The British judge states that Assange deliberately violated the laws of the country and was only arrested because his asylum was withdrawn.
Because Assange “consciously violated the laws of the country” and always “had the choice to surrender,” he almost gets the maximum penalty of twelve months. Judge Deborah Taylor writes about Assange ‘s conviction . “
It is difficult to think of a more serious example of this offense,” the judge says
According to the judge, Assange deliberately remained out of the hands of the British police when he fled to the embassy of Ecuador almost seven years ago when Sweden asked for his extradition. According to Taylor, his actions have “undoubtedly” impeded Swedish justice. At the time, research was being carried out in Sweden into alleged rapes and sexual abuse that Assange would have been guilty of in the country.
Taylor blames Assange for only assisting in the Swedish investigation under his own conditions
Because of the flight to the embassy, ”the British taxpayer” had lost 18.6 million euros in permanent security, according to Taylor, in the event that Assange tried to flee. Taylor also blames Assange, especially the fact that Assange did not surrender himself.
At the same time, Taylor says he is familiar with the fact that Assange was afraid of being extradited to the United States
According to Taylor, however, this point hardly affected her judgment, since it was Assange’s own choice to flee to the embassy of Ecuador. In addition, she also disagrees with the proposal that the stay of Assange in the embassy should provide punitive relief. “You were not in prison and you could have left the embassy at any time,” the judge told Assange.
That is why Assange has been sentenced to fifty weeks in prison, although he can be released conditionally halfway through the term. After his sentence, a possible extradition to the United States awaits him, who has sent an extradition request to the United Kingdom. He can go to jail there for up to five years, the prosecutor said earlier .
Assange was arrested on April 11 in the Ecuadorian embassy after the country withdrew its asylum. The president of Ecuador later said that he had misbehaved in the embassy and claimed that he used his residence as a spy center .