WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange sentenced to 50 weeks in prison for jumping bail

WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange sentenced to 50 weeks in prison for jumping bail

WikiLeaks co-founder, Julian Assange, who was arrested at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, has been sentenced to 50 weeks in prison for jumping UK bail in 2012.

Legit.ng gathers that the disclosure was made in tweet on Wednesday, May 1, the by Association Press.

Judge Deborah Taylor said Assange deliberately evaded justice, after which she sentenced him to 50 weeks in jail on Tuesday, April 30.

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In a letter read out by his lawyer, Assange said: "I found myself struggling with terrifying circumstances. I did what I thought at the time was the best or perhaps the only thing that I thought could be done."

The judge said: "It is difficult to envisage a more serious example of this offense. You may have had fears as to what may happen to you, nonetheless you had a choice.”

Legit.ng previously reported that an Australian computer programmer and WikiLeaks co-founder, Julian Assange, was arrested at the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

Assange took refuge in the embassy since 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden over a sexual assault case that has since been dropped.

The Metropolitan Police Service said the 47-year-old WikiLeaks co-founder was arrested over his failure to surrender to court.

According to President Lenin Moreno of Ecuador, Assange's asylum was withdrawn after the latter's repeated violations to international conventions.

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Home secretary, Sajid Javid said in a tweet: "I can confirm Julian Assange is now in police custody and rightly facing justice in the UK.

"I would like to thank Ecuador for its cooperation & metpoliceuk for its professionalism. No one is above the law."

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