Julian Assange moved to prison health ward as WikiLeaks reveal  grave concerns

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. – See full statement: pic.twitter.com/HnZVks4kWj— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) May 29, 2019 A defence lawyer for Assange said on Tuesday that a  Swedish court had rejected a request to postpone a planned hearing to rule on the detention in absentia as part of an ongoing investigation into alleged rape.The Swedish prosecutor heading an investigation into the rape allegation against Assange, which he denies, this month filed a request with a local court for him to be detained with a hearing scheduled for June 3. The British courts will have to rule on the two extradition requests, with the home secretary having the final say on which one takes precedence.  The Ministry of Justice has been contacted for comment. The move came a day before Assange was due to appear via videolink for the latest hearing in his extradition case. Assange is facing extradition to the US, accused of conspiring to break into a classified Pentagon computer and facing 17 charges under the Espionage Act. Greg Barns, an Australian lawyer and WikiLeaks adviser  who visited Assange in January, said that the time Assange was suffering chronic pain in one arm and needed dental work. Assange’s health continued to decline, he said. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Swedish defence lawyer Per Samuelson told Reuters he had visited Assange in British custody on Friday after which he had sought to have the hearing postponed.”One of the reasons is that Assange’s health situation on Friday was such that it was not possible to conduct a normal conversation with him,” Mr Samuelson said.”I meant that it should be postponed until I had time to meet again and go through the issues in peace and quiet. I suggested no specific date and meant it should be postponed until everything was ready, but the district court has now decided that this won’t happen.”Sweden reopened the rape investigation in early May. It was begun in 2010 but dropped in 2017 years after Assange took refuge in Ecuador’s London embassy. If the court order is granted, it would be the first step in a process to have Assange extradited from Britain. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been moved to the heath ward of Belmarsh prison. On Wednesday night the company released a statement confirming the move, adding that they have “grave concerns” over the state of his health. At the start of this month Mr Assange was jailed for 50 weeks for skipping bail in 2012.”Mr Assange’s heath had already significantly deteriorated after seven years in the Ecuadorian embassy, under conditions that were incompatible with basic human rights,” the group said in a statement.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 health ward speaks for itself.” Show more

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