An open letter signed by more than 60 doctors suggests that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange could die in prison if he does not receive emergency treatment, Sky News reported on November 25. The doctors said Mr. Assange was suffering from physical and psychological problems, including depression.
Sky News says Mr Assange, 48, is being held at Belmarsh Prison in south-east London and will hold a hearing in February next year. In a letter to Priti Patel, the home secretary, doctors in the UK, Europe, Australia and Sri Lanka expressed “grave concern” about Mr Assange’s suitability to appear in court. The doctors requested that Assange be transferred to a university teaching hospital, where he could be evaluated and treated by the medical team.
“From a medical point of view, based on the available evidence, we have serious concerns about the suitability of Mr. Assange to stand trial in February 2020,” the doctors reportedly wrote. Most importantly, we believe that Assange urgently needs an expert medical assessment of his physical and mental health. Any medical treatment should be performed in a well-equipped and professional university teaching hospital. ”
Sky News said the doctor also said in the letter that “without such an emergency assessment and treatment, based on the available evidence, we are really concerned that Assange could die in prison.” So the medical condition is very urgent. You can’t take any more time. ”
Assange’s father, John Hipton, has previously said that the conditions at Belmarsh prison where his son is being held are very poor. He said Assange had suffered great physical and psychological pain in prison and had lost significant weight. When he met in August, his son was “shaking and nervous.” Assange’s mother, Christine, has also criticised poor prison conditions, saying her son was being “slowly, cruelly and illegally assassinated” by the British and American governments.
Assange founded WikiLeaks in 2006. In 2010, the site published a large number of secret U.S. government documents on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, causing an unprecedented blow to The U.S. diplomatic image, causing a stir and controversy.
In November 2010, Swedish prosecutors charged Assange with rape during his stay in Sweden in August of that year. Assange, who is in the UK, has denied all charges after being arrested by British police. Britain’s High Court has ruled that he can be extradited to Sweden. In June 2012, Assange sought asylum at the Ecuadorian Embassy in the Uk while on bail. In May 2017, Swedish prosecutors dropped their investigation into rape charges after they were deemed unable to extradite Mr Assange “for the foreseeable future”.
On April 11 this year, British police announced his arrest at the Ecuadorian embassy in the UK after Ecuador revoked his asylum. On May 1st Mr Assange was jailed for 50 weeks in the UK for breaching bail seven years ago and seeking asylum at the Ecuadorian embassy in the UK. On May 13th Swedish prosecutors announced the resumption of an investigation into Mr Assange’s rape allegations, which was dropped two years ago. More than six months later, On November 19th Swedish prosecutors announced their decision to stop the investigation of rape allegations.