WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange sentenced to 50 weeks in prison

WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange sentenced to 50 weeks in prison

WikiLeaks co-founder, Julian Assange, who was arrested at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, has been sentenced to 50 weeks in prison for jumping UK bail in 2012.

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Briefly.co.za gathers that the disclosure was made in tweet on Wednesday, 1 May by the by Association Press.

Judge Deborah Taylor said Assange deliberately evaded justice, after which she sentenced him to 50 weeks in jail on Tuesday, 30 April.

In a letter read out by his lawyer, Assange said: "I found myself struggling with terrifying circumstances. I did what I thought at the time was the best or perhaps the only thing that I thought could be done."

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The judge said: "It is difficult to envisage a more serious example of this offense. You may have had fears as to what may happen to you, nonetheless you had a choice.”

It was previously reported that an Australian computer programmer and WikiLeaks co-founder, Julian Assange, was arrested at the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

Assange took refuge in the embassy in 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden over a sexual assault case that has since been dropped.

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The Metropolitan Police Service said the 47-year-old WikiLeaks co-founder was arrested over his failure to surrender to court.

According to President Lenin Moreno of Ecuador, Assange's asylum was withdrawn after his repeated violations of international conventions.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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