Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder’s defense spokesman, began the second day of the hearing of his extradition from the UK to the United States with a statement of inappropriate conditions in prison.
According to RIA Novosti, the courthouse, where the hearings are held, is connected to Belmarsh maximum security prison, from where Assange is transported through the tunnel.
“He was handcuffed 11 times last night, forced to undress twice, placed in five different cells,” the lawyer said.
According to him, Assange was also taken away the legal documents that he studied.
Judge Vanessa Baraitser, who is in charge of extradition, stated that she does not have the authority to intervene in these matters, but hopes that Assange’s rights in prison and the law will be respected.
“I am very limited in funds, this is a question for the prison authorities … You can prepare a written statement to the prison authorities,” she said.
Lawyer James Lewis, representing the interests of the United States, in turn, said that it was necessary that the Assange trial be fair and that nothing would impede the process.
Earlier, a US representative said in a London court that Assange was charged with the usual criminal charges, and informing him of the population does not justify a violation of the law.