Julian Assange is moved to hospital wing of Belmarsh prison after losing weight during his sentence for dodging justice with WikiLeaks saying they have ‘grave concerns’ for his health
- Comes a day before he is due to appear in court for a US extradition hearing
- WikiLeaks said their founder’s health has deteriorated into ‘dramatic’ weight loss
- Assange is serving 50 weeks in HMP Belmarsh for jumping bail in 2012
Julian Assange has reportedly been moved the hospital wing of HMP Belmarsh following a ‘dramatic’ loss of weight.
It comes just a day before the WikiLeaks founder is due to appear in court for a hearing on his extradition to the United States to face espionage charges.
In a statement, the organisation said: ‘WikiLeaks has grave concerns about the state of health of our publisher, Julian Assange, who has been moved to the health ward of Belmarsh prison.
‘Mr Assange’s health had already significantly deteriorated after seven years inside the Ecuadorian Embassy, under conditions that were incompatible with basic human rights.’
Julian Assange has reportedly been moved the hospital wing of HMP Belmarsh following a ‘dramatic’ loss of weight
It added: ‘During the seven weeks in Belmarsh his health has continued to deteriorate and he has dramatically lost weight.
‘The decision of prison authorities to move him to the ward speaks for itself.’
Assange was scheduled to appear before Westminster Magistrates’ Court tomorrow for a hearing about his extradition request after the US brought hacking charges against him.
After he was booted out of the Ecuadorian Embassy last month, he was sentenced to 50 weeks in a British prison for breaching his bail terms in 2012 to escape being extradited to Sweden for sexual offence charges.
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