Who is Julian Assange?
Julian Assange is an Australian Citizen who had been “arbitrarily” detained for over 8 years and more recently had endured over 1 year of torture in the form of continuous solitary confinement. Deprived of sunlight, contact with the outside world and proper healthcare. The United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner on Feb. 5, 2016 determined that Julian Assange’s arbitrary detention “should be brought to an end”.
Julian Assange is an awarded and respected international journalist who has never incorrectly published any news.
We respectfully request the Prime Minister and/or the Foreign Minister of the Australian Government intervene and ensure Julian Assange’s freedom of safe passage and return to his home Australia or any other location that Julian Assange requests to travel to. We further respectfully request that the Australian Government where influence can be made with friendly nations, that the Australian Government ensure that no extradition order is effected on Julian Assange from the USA that may otherwise impinge on his ongoing freedom of passage and existence.
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Swedish judge rejects detention of Wikileaks founder
A Swedish judge has rejected a request to detain Julian Assange in absentia, complicating hopes to extradite him from the UK.
Prosecutors said Assange had not co-operated with their investigation into a 2010 allegation of rape against the Wikileaks founder, and so should be remotely held for questioning.
This would have allowed them to move forward with steps to extradite him.
But the judge rejected the motion, as Assange is already detained in the UK.
Detention in absentia is an ordinary procedure in Swedish law if a person is abroad or in hiding, and would allow the prosecution to issue a European Arrest Warrant and bring him to Sweden.
Speaking after the ruling, Eva-Marie Persson – Sweden’s deputy director of public prosecutions – said the rape investigation would continue, and she would instead issue a European Investigation Order to question Assange.
The Australian claimed political asylum in London’s Ecuadorean embassy seven years ago to avoid extradition to Sweden over the rape allegation, which he has repeatedly denied.
Swedish prosecutors reopened their investigation in May a month after Assange was arrested and removed from the embassy.
The Wikileaks founder, who is in jail for breaching UK bail conditions, is also facing extradition to the US on federal conspiracy charges related to leaks of government secrets.
If convicted on all counts, Assange could be sentenced to 175 years in prison.
Should Sweden allow an extradition request, it would be up to the UK where he would eventually be sent.
Last week UN Special Rapporteur Nils Melzer said the 47-year-old had suffered “prolonged exposure to psychological torture” and urged the UK not to extradite him.
UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt however said Assange “chose to hide” from justice and asked Mr Melzer to “allow British courts to make their judgements without his interference”.
Depending on their status, prisoners receive a personal allowance which they may use to buy PIN credit to call family members. You may wish to post any telephone numbers to the prisoner as you will not be able to write these down on a visit.
To speak to a prisoner on the phone, the prisoner has to call you using a prison phone. Prison staff can listen to and record most types of call. However, some calls aren’t monitored, for example, when a prisoner calls a legal advisor.
Belmarsh uses a service called Email a Prisoner, which can be accessed here. Through this service, family and friends can email a message that will be printed out and delivered by prison staff within days of sending it. You need to buy a minimum of £5 credit in order to use the service, which runs at a cost of 40p per email. Prisoners are not able to reply via email.
Family members and friends can sign up to Prison Voicemail, a service which allows social contacts to exchange voicemails with prisoners. On signing up, you will be given a unique local landline number you can call at any time to leave a message; this message will be instantly available for the prisoner to listen to. Prisoners can check their messages by dialling the same unique number from any PIN Phone in the prison and may leave a reply. When the message has been heard, the family member receives an instant text notification, signalling that they may leave another message.
In order to access messages, the prisoner pays the cost of a landline call, but the cost of the service itself is paid by the family or friend.
Julian Assange has been forcibly removed from political asylum and has been arrested. He is no longer in the Ecuadorian Embassy and instead is in British police custody. Julian Assange now faces the prospect of extradition to the USA for publishing facts delivered to him as a journalist and those facts revealed systemic government corruption and war crimes. These were the exact issues he required protection from and why he accepted Ecuadorian political asylum.
Write to Julian Assange:
- “Every time we witness an injustice and do not act, we train our character to be passive in its presence and thereby eventually lose all ability to defend ourselves and those we love. …
- “Capable, generous men do not create victims, they nurture victims.” …
- “What we know is everything, it is our limit, of what we can be.”
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Canteen is the term used within prison for the weekly delivery of items you have bought for yourself. The choice of items is limited to basic such as hair shampoo and deodorants and simple basic treats such as chocolate or biscuits. It is via the canteen sheet that you have money credited to your phone account.
You can get money sent into you by family and friends. There is a new, quicker, way launched on 15th November where money can be sent “electronically” with just the name, prison number and date of birth needed, click here to access the service.
Sending cash is unsafe and is to be discouraged and the only other way is either by sending a cheque or a postal order. Look at the pages on your particular prison to see who these should be sent to and the correct address etc. Any cheque or postal order should be made payable to NOMS Agency and the name and prison number should be written on the back.