(Tea Party 247) – Lawyers for Julian Assange have repeatedly submitted unsuccessful requests to the Judge on the part of the renegade journalist who has faced inhumane treatment while imprisoned in the UK.
The Judge, however, has denied these requests, including denying Assange proper access to his case file.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been subjected to “horrendous” treatment at the hands of prison authorities, the Belmarsh Magistrate’s Court (sitting at Woolwich Crown Court) heard on 25 February. The award-winning journalist and publisher was handcuffed 11 times as he was shuttled between the courthouse and the prison (despite the two locations being practically connected to each other), he was also strip-searched twice, and his legal papers were confiscated from him, according to his legal team and fellow WikiLeaks journalists.
.@wikileaks Ambassador @SwaziJAF explains the severe mistreatment Belmarsh prison gave #JulianAssange yesterday after court when they handcuffed him 11 times, strip seached him twice and his legal documents were confiscated. #DontExtraditeAssange #AssangeHearing #AssangeCase pic.twitter.com/iGG0anjrqu
— Don't Extradite Assange (@DEAcampaign) February 25, 2020
Edward Fitzgerald QC, one of the barristers representing Assange, has pled with Judge Vanessa Baraitser to intervene with prison authorities.
The Judge has refused, however, stressing that she had told Assange’s lawyers repeatedly that she had “no jurisdiction over [Assange’s] prison conditions.”
Baraitser, who seemed to be frustrated with the requests made by Fitzgerald, offered simply that “surely this is a matter for the prison governor.”
On January 13, 2020, Gareth Pierce, a renowned human rights attorney and part of Assange’s legal team, gave Baratiser “precedent of a High Court judge who called up Belmarsh prison’s governor on the phone to instruct him to change the prison’s practices towards an inmate,” Infowars notes.
Baraitser, however, was only prepared to make a general statement to the court that it would be “helpful” for the prison to improve Assange’s access to his attorneys and his case file.
She also previously refused to intervene on Assange’s behalf in November of last year.
Infowars notes that Assange’s lawyers are considering making submissions that the actions of prison authorities are a form of contempt of court.
Assange faces up to 175 years in prison on charges of espionage by the US government.
They’re linked to the role he played in publishing war logs from Iraq and Afghanistan, documents that exposed the mistreatment of detainees in Guantanamo Bay, and the US diplomatic cables in 2010 and 2011.