For the homepage, click
|The demonstration took
place on the day (September 7, 2020) that Julian
Assange's extradidiction trial was scheduled to resume
at Old Baily Court in London. The demonstrators
wanted to show that Assange was not alone and that the
proceedings were being carefully watched world wide.
As events turned out, however, although the trail did start up on September 7th, it shut down two days later because of a Covid-19 scare. On Sept. 14th it is scheduled to resume once more. Here is the Sydney Morning Herald report (13/9/2020):
"The extradition hearing for Julian Assange will resume at London's Old Bailey on Monday, after a coronavirus scare shut down proceedings last week.
The latest drama in the ongoing saga surrounding the Australian began on Wednesday, when the wife of a barrister representing the US government developed symptoms that were feared to be signs of a COVID-19 infection.
James Lewis, the QC representing the US government, did not appear in the courtroom the next morning but instead by video link from his London flat.
Both sides requested a complete halt to the proceedings while tests were carried out.
District Judge Vanessa Baraitser reluctantly agreed, indicating that she would have preferred to resume the hearing on Friday and make another decision then.
On Friday, test results revealed the fears that COVID could sweep through the courtroom were misplaced, with the infection turning out to be that of the common cold.
Assange is resisting extradition to the US. The Department of Justice says his actions in conspiring with former army intelligence officer Chelsea Manning to steal more than half a million classified documents relating to the Iraq and Afghan wars were not journalism but crimes of hacking and theft under the Espionage Act.
He faces 18 charges that carry a combined maximum sentence of 175 years.
Assange says he is a journalist and that his actions, in publishing the unredacted documents that included the names of human intelligence sources who were helping the US and its allies fight the Taliban, are protected by the First Amendment.
Under Britain's Extradition Act, a judge can refuse the US extradition request if it can be demonstrated that the accused's human rights would be infringed.
The 49-year-old has attended every day of his hearing, which resumed last Monday, and sits behind a glass window in the dock."