Scorching on the heels of a coronavirus scare, Julian Assange’s extradition listening to was postponed on Monday following a farcical videolink failure which meant the court docket couldn’t hear the testimony of a distinguished witness.
The court docket was listening to from witness Eric Lewis, an skilled US lawyer, when out of the blue it was interrupted by a Fox Information video about WikiLeaks. The supply of the sudden interruption was by no means revealed and the court docket went into recess in a bid to resolve the technical difficulties.
Lewis was anticipated to present proof that Assange would face a “flagrant denial of justice” if placed on trial within the US. The court docket was solely on the primary of 5 statements he submitted when the problems arose.
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The videolink issues continued when the sitting resumed as these within the courtroom have been unable to listen to what Lewis was saying. Regardless of issues within the courtroom, the lawyer’s feedback have been audible to these watching a livestream of the proceedings. Lewis could possibly be heard repeatedly saying “are you able to hear me?” whereas frantically waving his arms to be a magnet for the court docket.
The technical difficulties did not be resolved and after a prolonged delay the court docket was adjourned with out listening to Lewis’ full testimony. Through the portion that could possibly be heard, the lawyer gave proof that the WikiLeaks founder would face a doable 175-year sentence if convicted on all 18 prices he faces, mentioning that within the US “sentences are longer than are discovered elsewhere on the planet.”
Assange is needed in the USA over allegations that he conspired to hack authorities computer systems and violated an espionage legislation over the discharge of confidential cables in 2010-2011.
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