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Julian Assange to seek release from prison after extradition ruling

Legal team for WikiLeaks co-founder expected to refer to Covid risk at Belmarsh prison

Julian Assange will make a fresh appeal to be released from prison this week after a British judge ruled that he cannot be extradited to the US to face charges of espionage and hacking government computers.

While district judge Vanessa Baraitser rejected arguments that Assange would not get a fair trial in the US, she blocked extradition on the basis that the WikiLeaks co-founder was at risk of taking his own life if he were to be held in isolation.

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