Vigils are to be held this weekend to mark the second anniversary of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange being detained in jail after being dragged out of the Ecuadorian embassy in London.
Supporters demanding his launch will be a part of occasions on Sunday exterior the embassy, at Westminster Magistrates’ Court docket, and at Belmarsh jail in London the place he’s being held.
Assange lived contained in the embassy for a number of years earlier than being forcibly eliminated and arrested by police on April 11 2019.
A bid by the USA to extradite him was rejected at Westminster Magistrates’ Court docket earlier this 12 months however he has remained in jail till the end result of an enchantment.
WikiLeaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson advised the PA information company that Assange’s continued imprisonment was an “outrage and a travesty of justice”.
“April 11 marks two years since one of many world’s most essential journalists was silenced when Metropolitan Cops stormed into the Ecuadorian embassy and subsequently arrested and imprisoned Julian Assange on the USA’ behalf.
“It has now been two years of incarceration, isolation and psychological torture, all for exposing battle crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan, the identical journalism for which Julian has been applauded everywhere in the world for and nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
“It is gone time for this injustice to finish and we proceed to enchantment to the USA and the Division of Justice to drop the enchantment and all the costs towards Julian.
“In January, a choose in London dominated that Julian shouldn’t be extradited and so we’re in the present day calling for him to be launched from Belmarsh jail and be a free man to have the ability to spend his time along with his younger household.”
Hrafnsson added that dozens of human rights and media organisations are supporting the case for Assange to be freed, saying: “This gross injustice should come to an finish.”
It was just lately revealed that Pope Francis despatched a private message to Assange, whose associate Stella Moris mentioned: “After a tough evening, Julian wakened this morning to a sort, private message from Pope Francis @pontifex delivered to his cell door by the jail priest.”