Julian Assange extradition hearing halted amid fears one of the lawyers has coronavirus

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The extradition hearing for the Wikileaks founder in London is being postponed until Monday after one of the lawyers for the United States may have been exposed to Covid-19

District Judge Vanessa Baraitser said this morning she would stop the proceedings at the Old Bailey until Monday when the lawyer’s test results are expected to be known.

“One of the barristers in the case might have had exposure to the virus”, she said.

“That is the reason the prosecution team don’t attend and some of the defence team, out of caution, and are attending remotely.

Assange is fighting extradition to the United States where he is accused of conspiring to hack government computers and violating an espionage law over the release of confidential cables by WikiLeaks in 2010-2011.

Judge Vanessa Baraitser adjourned the case until Monday after being told one of the lawyers representing the United States had been exposed to the virus.

The lawyer was being tested on Thursday with the result due on Friday, she said.

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