Following his departure from the Ecuadorian embassy last month, Julian Assange now faces a year behind bars in a UK prison.
The Wikileaks founder was found guilty this week of violating his bail conditions in 2012. Assange famously took refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden where he faced allegations of sexual assault.
“You had a choice and the course of action you chose was to commit an offense,” judge Deborah Taylor told Assange according to a report by CNN.
“You have not surrendered willingly. Had the government of Ecuador not permitted entry to the embassy, you would not have voluntarily come before the court,” Taylor added.
Assange now faces 50 weeks in prison.
Following that hearing, Assange faced a hearing about a possible extradition to the US.
In the US, Assange faces allegations of conspiracy along with Chelsea Manning that led to the download of sensitive files. The fear Assange has is that he would face the death penalty for his alleged crimes.
During the extradition hearing the court heard that the process to extradite Assange would take months to complete. The case was adjourned to 30th May.
During the hearing Assange said he did not consent to extradition.
“I do not wish to surrender myself for extradition for doing journalism that has won many awards and protected many people,” he told the court according to the BBC.
It seems then that after being ejected from the Ecuadorian embassy, Assange’s troubles have only just started.[Image – CC 0 Pixabay]