Julian Assange supporters protest outside Supreme Court in London as UN human rights expert plans visit to Wikileaks chief in jail to hear claims his privacy has been violated
- Supporters waved banners calling for Assange’s potential extradition to the US to be stopped
- Assange currently in Belmarsh prison following dramatic arrest two weeks ago
- UN expert on right to privacy, Joe Cannataci, is set to meet Assange tomorrow
Supporters of Julian Assange protested outside the Supreme Court in London as a UN human rights expert planned to visit him in prison tomorrow.
Joe Cannataci, a UN Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy, had been due to meet the Wikileaks founder to assess claims that his privacy had been violated.
The pair were set to meet inside the Ecuadorian embassy, where he had been living for almost seven years until he was dragged out of the building on April 11.
Supporters of Julian Assange protested outside the Supreme Court in London as UN human rights expert Joe Cannataci planned to visit him in prison tomorrow
One banner featured his face and a message of ‘Free Julian Assange! Jail The War Criminals!’ while others claims that Assange’s potential extradition is intended to deter others ‘from seeking the truth’
He is now in custody in Belmarsh Prison in London awaiting sentencing on a bail violation, while the United States is seeking his extradition.
Mr Assange’s supporters waved banners calling for him to be released outside the Supreme Court in Westminster today.
A large red banner said ‘Free Julian Assange’ while another featured his face and a message of ‘Free Julian Assange! Jail The War Criminals!’
Mr Cannataci said that after Mr Assange’s arrest he sought and obtained the approval of the Government to interview him in custody.
‘The objective of my visit is to assess allegations of possible violations against Mr Assange’s right to privacy.
‘Any concern that I may have as a result of my assessment will be brought to the attention of the relevant government(s) in order to seek clarification and make recommendations for remedial action.
Joe Cannataci, pictured, said: ‘The objective of my visit is to assess allegations of possible violations against Mr Assange’s right to privacy’
Mr Cannataci was set to meet Mr Assange inside the Ecuadorian embassy, where he had been living for almost seven years until he was dragged out of the building on April 11
A supporter of Mr Assange clutches a banner demanding that his potential extradition to the US is stopped
‘I may also express my concern publicly if the matters warrant immediate attention,’ he said.
A group of Mr Assange’s supporters staged a protest in Westminster on Wednesday against his extradition to the US.
This morning, his father John Shipton told Good Morning Britain he wants his son to return to Australia, ‘for some fresh air and a chance to consider what he’s done.’
He claimed the WikiLeaks founder had spent a ‘crushing’ 18 months in isolation despite entertaining a host of high-profile celebrity guests during his stay at the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Among Assange’s callers at the embassy were actress Pamela Anderson, singer Lady GaGa, football star Eric Cantona and film directors Michael Moore and Oliver Stone.
Mr Shipton, who spent every Christmas at the embassy with his son, said he wants him to return home, ‘for the sake of his health.’
Julian Assange is currently in Belmarsh high security prison following his dramatic arrest two weeks ago (pictured)
Assange (pictured in 2017) sought asylum at the Ecuadorean embassy in London seven years ago to avoid extradition to Sweden over sexual assault charges levelled against him
He told ITV he ‘felt anguish’ for Assange when he saw footage of his dramatic arrest a fortnight ago.
Assange, 47, has been holed up under asylum inside the embassy since 2012 when he was accused of sexual assault by two women in Sweden.
The Australian denied their claims but refused to travel to Sweden to face them, saying it was part of a ruse to extradite him to the US due to his involvement in the leaking of a huge amount of classified documents in 2010.
Those charges were dropped in May 2017, but Swedish prosecutors say they are now re-examining the case after a request by one of the alleged victim’s lawyers.
The United States has also been trying extradite him over the leaks of classified documents through the Wikileaks website in 2010.
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