London Court Rescheduled Assange's Extradition Hearing To The US Until At Least September
A British court has postponed a hearing on the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the US from May 18 to September. This decision, as reported on Twitter by WikiLeaks, was made by the judge of the Westminster magistrates ' court in London, Vanessa Baraitser, who announced it at a procedural hearing on Monday.
The first stage of the case on Assange's extradition to the United States took place in a London court in February, the second stage was to start on May 18 and last three weeks. However, the defense of the Australian requested to postpone the meeting to September due to the outbreak of a disease caused by a new type of coronavirus. The prosecution also agreed with this position, pointing out that it is not safe to hold hearings in the current conditions.
The judge initially intended to postpone the start of the hearing to November 2, as there was no available "window" in the court schedule for the three-week trial until then. However, the defense pointed out that this was too long a delay. Now the hearing continues in September, possibly in another court.