‘Grave’ concerns have been raised about Julian Assange after the Australian’s dramatic weight loss in prison.
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The Wikileaks founder was locked up in Belmarsh in April on a 50 week sentence after being dragged out of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London,
In the seven weeks since he has fallen ill and lost a great deal of weight, leading prison authorities to move him to another wing.
WikiLeaks said it had “grave concerns about the state of health of our publisher, Julian Assange, who has been moved to the health ward of Belmarsh prison”.
A spokesman added: “During the seven weeks in Belmarsh his health has continued to deteriorate and he has dramatically lost weight.
“The decision of the prison authorities to move him into the health ward speaks for itself.
“We strongly condemn the refusal by the Swedish court to postpone a hearing on 3rd June on the basis of Mr Assange’s health condition.
“Defence lawyer for Assange, Per Samuelson, said that Julian Assange’s health state last Friday was such ‘that it was not possible to conduct a normal conversation with him’.”
Assange was sentenced to a 50-week term at the London prison for breaching bail.
He was due to appear in court this morning as he continues to fight against extradition to the United States over allegations he conspired to break into a classified Pentagon computer.
He is accused of leaking huge amounts of classified military and diplomatic documents in 2010.
The 47-year-old did not appear in court either in person or over video link however, with his lawyer Gareth Peirce claiming: “He’s in fact far from well.”
Meanwhile, an investigation into rape allegations against Assange, which he denies, has been reopened by Swedish prosecutors who have requested Uppsala District Court detains him in his absence.
He is due to appear by video link in relation to the charges on June 12.
Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot told Westminster Magistrates’ Court: “It may be that that hearing will take place in Belmarsh.
“It may be more convenient for everyone if it’s there.”
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