Anti-war protester Eric Levy arrested outside Westminster Magistrates
92-year-old Eric Levy has been ‘ARRESTED’ outside Westminster Magistrates’ Court as Julian Assange is DENIED bail. Eric Levy, who is an anti-war campaigner, was arrested for allegedly breaching COVID regulations.
Little more is known about the arrest at this stage, this is an ongoing story, however, there is much concern over 92 year old, Mr Levy’s health.
Mr Levey once acted as a human shield in Iraq (before, during and after the invasion/occupation in 2003, his history of protesting for peace and justice is well documented.
The WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was denied bail today following Monday’s verdict in his battle to against extradition from Britain to the United States.
“I am satisfied there are substantial grounds for believing that if Mr Assange is released today he would fail to surrender to court to face the appeal proceedings,” Judge Vanessa Baraitser said.
“As far as Mr Assange is concerned this case has not yet been won… the outcome of this appeal is not yet known.”
She was referring to the fact that Assange after failing in his battle against extradition to Sweden, breached bail and took refuge in the Embassy of Ecuador in London in June 2012. He was granted asylum by Ecuador on the grounds of political persecution, with the presumption that if he was extradited to Sweden, he would be eventually extradited to the US.
Assange was also previously denied bail in September 2019, when Judge Baraitser ruled that there were “substantial grounds” to believe he would “abscond again.”
Assange’s lawyer, Edward Fitzgerald, argued that the decision to refuse extradition “massively reduces” the defendant’s motivation to flee.
“Mr. Assange has every reason to stay in this jurisdiction, where he has the protection of the rule of law and this court’s decision,” he said.
Fitzgerald said Assange would be safer at home, with his partner Stella Moris and the couple’s two young sons, than in prison, where there is “a very grave crisis of Covid.”
WikiLeaks Editor-in-Chief Kristinn Hrafnsson slammed the denial of bail by the judge as “unjust, unfair, and illogical, [especially] when you consider her ruling two days ago about Julian’s health.”
Baraitser refused to allow extradition, citing a concern that the US justice system could not prevent Assange from possibly taking his own life.
Hrafnsson noted that Assange’s physical and mental health has deteriorated while behind bars in Belmarsh.
To send him back there doesn’t make any sense.
The WikiLeaks co-founder could face a maximum of 175 years in prison in the US, if found guilty on all 18 counts related to the conspiracy to obtain and release classified documents pertaining to the conduct of US forces in Afghanistan and Iraq.
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