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World Assange 'may die in jail', father warns

12:20  09 november  2019
12:20  09 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

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"Julian may die in jail over a nine-year persecution for revealing the truth of war crimes," Shipton said. "It is beyond obscene." His comments followed a warning from an independent UN rights expert last week that the treatment of Assange was putting his life "at risk".

Julian Assange 's father says he has 'faced the bitter truth' that his son ' may die in jail '. John Shipton said in Geneva he visited his son in a British prison two days Last Friday's statement warned that Assange 's health had continued to deteriorate since his arrest, stressing that 'his life was now at risk.'

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The father of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said Friday he worried his son would die in prison after nine years of "persecution" for daring to reveal US "war crimes".

John Shipton told reporters in Geneva that he had visited his son in a British prison two days ago and needed to "face the bitter truth" that he "may die in jail".

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Treatment of Assange putting his life 'at risk': UN expert

  Treatment of Assange putting his life 'at risk': UN expert The treatment of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is facing the threat of extradition from Britain to the US on espionage charges, is putting his life "at risk", an independent UN rights expert said Friday. "Unless the UK urgently changes course and alleviates his inhumane situation, Mr. Assange's continued exposure to arbitrariness and abuse may soon end up costing his life," the UN special rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, Nils Melzer, said in a statement.

The father of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said Friday he worried his son would die in prison after nine years of “persecution” for daring to reveal US “war crimes”. “Julian may die in jail over a nine-year persecution for revealing the truth of war crimes,” Shipton said.

Geneva (AFP) – The father of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said Friday he worried his son would die in prison after nine years of. John Shipton told reporters in Geneva that he had visited his son in a British prison two days ago and needed to “face the bitter truth” that he “ may die in jail ”.

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"This is not the bitter disappointment of a father, this is simply fact," he said.

Assange used WikiLeaks to publish classified military and diplomatic files in 2010 about US bombing campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq that proved highly embarrassing to the US government.

Since then, he has been entangled in a web of judicial proceeding, and is currently fighting a US bid to extradite him from Britain on charges filed under the Espionage Act that could land him a sentence of up to 175 years in a US prison.

The 48-year-old whistleblower is currently being held at a top-security British prison since April after police sensationally dragged him out of the Ecuadoran embassy in London.

He had been holed up in the embassy since 2012 to avoid a extradition order to Sweden, where he was wanted for questioning over accusations of sexual assault, which he has denied.

"Julian may die in jail over a nine-year persecution for revealing the truth of war crimes," Shipton said.

"It is beyond obscene."

His comments followed a warning from an independent UN rights expert last week that the treatment of Assange was putting his life "at risk". 

"Unless the UK urgently changes course and alleviates his inhumane situation, Mr Assange's continued exposure to arbitrariness and abuse may soon end up costing his life," the UN special rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, Nils Melzer, said in a statement.

Julian Assange's lawyer says his health is 'seriously deteriorating' .
Jennifer Robinson also told a Sydney audience that Australian governments of both parties had failed to intervene on behalf of the WikiLeaks founder."I was with Julian on Tuesday… and his health is obviously significantly and seriously deteriorating," said Ms Robinson, a prominent human rights advocate and barrister who has defended Mr Assange since 2010.

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