WIKILEAKS founder Julian Assange is to stay in prison after his current custody period ends because of his “history of absconding”.
He was due to be freed next weekend from Belmarsh, South East London, after a 50-week sentence for jumping bail.
But the 48-year-old Australian is facing extradition to the US over hacking allegations.
Assange — who spent nearly seven years in the Ecuadorian embassy to dodge the move — appeared via video link at Westminster Magistrates yesterday.
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District Judge Vanessa Baraitser said: “I have substantial ground for believing if I release you, you will abscond again.”
Asked if he understood, Assange said: “Not really."
Phone footage shows Wikileaks founder Julian Assange behind bars at Belmarsh prison