Julian Assange is moved to hospital wing of Belmarsh prison after losing weight since he was jailed – as WikiLeaks says they have ‘grave concerns’ for his health
- Comes a day before he is due to appear in court for a US extradition hearing
- WikiLeaks said their founder’s health has deteriorated into ‘dramatic’ weight loss
- They claim he was incapable of holding a basic conversation with his lawyer
- Assange is serving 50 weeks in HMP Belmarsh for jumping bail in 2012
Julian Assange has reportedly been moved to the hospital wing of HMP Belmarsh following a ‘dramatic’ loss of weight and fading health.
WikiLeaks tonight said it had ‘grave concerns’ about its founder’s well-being and claimed that he was incapable of even holding a conversation.
It comes just a day before the 47-year-old is due to appear in a London court for a hearing on possible extradition to the United States to face hacking and espionage charges.
In a statement, the organisation said: ‘WikiLeaks has grave concerns about the state of health of our publisher, Julian Assange, who has been moved to the health ward of Belmarsh prison.
Julian Assange has reportedly been moved the hospital wing of HMP Belmarsh following a ‘dramatic’ loss of weight
‘Mr Assange’s health had already significantly deteriorated after seven years inside the Ecuadorian Embassy, under conditions that were incompatible with basic human rights.’
It added: ‘During the seven weeks in Belmarsh his health has continued to deteriorate and he has dramatically lost weight.
‘The decision of prison authorities to move him to the ward speaks for itself.’
And WikiLeaks claimed that, in a meeting with Assange’s lawyer, he could hardly talk.
It said: ‘Defense lawyer for Assange, Per Samuelson said that Julian Assange’s health state last Friday was such “that it was not possible to conduct a normal conversation with him.”‘
Assange was scheduled to appear before Westminster Magistrates’ Court tomorrow for a hearing about his extradition request after the US brought charges for hacking 750,000 classified documents, which carries a five-year sentence.
On April 11, Assange (pictured 2014 in the embassy) was dragged kicking and screaming from the London embassy where he had been holed up for seven years
After he was booted out of the Ecuadorian Embassy last month, he was sentenced to 50 weeks in the Category A prison in Thamesmead (HMP Belmarsh pictured) for breaching his bail terms in 2012 to escape being extradited to Sweden for sexual offence charges
And last Thursday, the Trump administration ramped up extradition efforts by inditing Assange on espionage charges for publishing classified military documents.
After he was booted out of the Ecuadorian Embassy last month, he was sentenced to 50 weeks in the Category A prison in Thamesmead for breaching his bail terms in 2012 to escape being extradited to Sweden for sexual offence charges.
Since his arrest after the Ecuadorian government ended his asylum status, Sweden has reopened its case against the Wikileaks founder.
On April 11, Assange was dragged kicking and screaming from the London embassy where he had been holed up for seven years.
He was thrown out for ‘discourteous’ behaviour and poor personal hygiene, which reportedly included smearing faeces on the walls of the country’s London embassy.
MailOnline has approached the Ministry of Justice for comment.
It comes just a day before the WikiLeaks founder is due to appear in court for a hearing on his extradition to the United States to face espionage charges