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UK Judge Denies Bail to WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange Despite US Extradition Block

A lorry with a billboard of Julian Assange arrives at the Old Bailey court in London, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020 as the Julian Assange extradition hearing to the US continues. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

A lorry with a billboard of Julian Assange arrives at the Old Bailey court in London, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020 as the Julian Assange extradition hearing to the US continues. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

Judge Vanessa Baraitser told Westminster Magistrates Court there were substantial grounds for believing that if Assange is released today he will fail to surrender for the appeal hearings.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will have to remain in custody in Britain, pending a US appeal of the decision to block his extradition to face charges for leaking secret documents, a judge in London ruled Wednesday.

Judge Vanessa Baraitser told Westminster Magistrates Court there were "substantial grounds for believing that if Mr Assange is released today he will fail to surrender" for the appeal hearings.

"Mr Assange still has an incentive to abscond from these as yet unresolved proceedings," she said.

first published:January 06, 2021, 17:32 IST