British court to keep Assange under arrest

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UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — London’s Westminster Court on Thursday convicted WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange of not appearing in court in 2012 and kept him under arrest until June 12.

The court decided to continue the Asang case on June 12 and will remain in detention until that date.

Judge Mike Snow said that Asanj’s absence from court hearings in June 2012 constituted a “serious violation” of British law, noting that his conduct caused him to violate bail conditions.

The British judicial authorities now have to determine a penalty to be imposed on Assange in the case of his absence from trial.

The Westminster court referred the case to the Southwark court, while Assange’s lawyers said his prison sentence would not exceed 12 months, according to the law.

On the US request to extradite Assange to stand trial for “conspiring with WikiLeaks Chelsea Manning to steal and publish secret government documents,” the British court will look into the request from May 2 when Assange will attend the court’s first videoconference.

British police arrested Asang today inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London after Ecuador withdrew its political asylum in 2012 and spent nearly seven years in the embassy building.

Police said Assange’s arrest was based on the arrest warrant issued by Westminster Court on June 29, 2012, for not appearing in court.

Assange renewed his rejection of all charges against him.

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