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The Court hearing into Julian Assange's extradition is due to start this morning. We are waiting for the judge to arrive. Hearing expected to last at least 3 weeks #Assange #Wikileaks
The number of places available to reporters in the court was highly restricted due to Covid-19. I am dialing to a video stream of the proceedings.
There are currently around 10 people in the Old Bailey court waiting for procedures to start. I understand that many of the defence team lawyers are in a separate annex participating by video stream. #Assange #Wikileaks
The court seems very hot. People have taken their jackets off and asked if the heating could be turned down #Assange #Wikileaks
Proceedings are starting. Julian Assange will arrive in court shortly #Assange #Wikileaks
The hearing has been adjourned for on hour to allow the defence to consult with Julian Assange #Assange #Wikileaks
The court heard that Julian Assange has been re-arrested under a new indictment from the US. #Assange #Wikileaks
Julian Assange appeared in a navy blue suit and smart hair cut. He confirmed his name and date of birth#Assange
Judge Vanessa Baraitser asked #Assange if he consented to be extradited. Assange said no
A second court has been set aside as an overflow court and there is a press room both of which receive live streams of the case. Lawyers and journalists have been given remote access to the proceedings through streaming video #Assange
Judge Baraister said that she had an additional list of 40 people who wished to attend the hearing remotely. She would only consider their requests if both sides agree and it is in the interest of justice #Assange
The court had granted a number of people video access to the hearings in error #Assange
The judge said she was genuinely concerned about how to maintain the integrity of the court if members of the public are allowed to attend remotely #Assange
There was a long discussion over whether defence experts for #Assange should summarise their evidence in court before being cross examined
Edward Fitzgeralnd, said that hearing the evidence is the only way that it fair to Mr Assange and ensures that justice is seen to be done #Assange
James Lewis, representing the US, said that the prosecution did not accept that the majority of the defence's expert witnesses were experts #Assange
Lewis, said that each expert had been given at least an hour to present their written evidence. That meant they would (unfairly) introduce new evidence or the proceedings would be repetitious. #Assange
Judge Baraitser said that each defence witness had produced written statements. There was no value whatsoever in counsel taking witnesses through their statements #Assange
Witness statements would be released to the public, the judge said #Assange
The judge will allow each defence witnesses up to 30 minutes to get settled and orientated before they are cross examined
The hearing is about to restart #Assange
Assange defence team argue that new allegations in superseding indicrment should be excised by court #Assange
Judge Baraitser has refused the defence request to excise "11th hour" allegations of conduct served by US from consideration by the court #AssangeCase
The hearing adjourns for an hour.
Defence team have applied to adjourn the case until January to give time to provide evidence on allegations contained in new US indictiment #Assange
Judge Baraitser earlier refused an application by the defence team not to consider new US material during the hearing #Assange on the grounds that it had been served at the 11th hour
Mark Lewis for the US is opposing an adjournment of the hearing #Assange
Judge Vanessa Baraister has refused #Assange 's request for an adjournment until January
Prof Mark Feldstein is about to give evidence
Technical problems mean that Feldstein will now give evidence tomorrow #Assange
Report: Court rejects request to exclude ‘11th hour’ US evidence against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange bit.ly/3jYk7fx via @computerweekly #Assange #AssangeCase
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