Criminal Law

WikiLeaks founder Assange sentenced to 50 weeks for skipping bail

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was slapped with a 50-week prison sentence on Wednesday for skipping bail seven years ago and hiding out in the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

British Judge Deborah Taylor gave the notorious 47-year-old hacker a sentence close to the maximum of one year. 

The judge said that Assange sought asylum as a “deliberate attempt to delay justice” and cost British taxpayers $21 million. Assange stood expressionless in the London courtroom while the sentence was read. His supporters in the gallery at Southwark Crown Court chanted “shame on you” at the judge as the white-haired defendant was led away.

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