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Julian Assange Soon Out on Bail
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LONDON (Radsoft/Rixstep) — Julian Assange is out on bail. Cheers erupted from the courtroom at Westminster Magistrates Court and on the street outside.
Mark Stephens says the legal team must now assemble £200 K in cash for the release to take place. The next court date is set for 11 January.
Representatives of Marianne Ny still have one more hour to appeal. Mark Stephens cautions that such a move will make it too obvious the whole thing is about persecution and not a prosecution.
The conditions for the release include the following.
- Turn over passport.
- House arrest 10:00-14:00 and 22:00-02:00.
- Report to police station every day.
Assange will be the guest of Frontline Club founder Vaughan Smith at the latter's country estate.
Assange was only allowed to read the Daily Express while in prison, something some pundits have called 'torture'. A copy of his TIME cover story issue was sent to the prison; the authorities removed the magazine, destroyed it, and gave Assange the empty envelope.
Speaking from the courthouse steps, Mark Stephens explained the remaining procedures, cautioned that any further actions by the Swedes would be seen as persecution, and voiced Assange's happiness to at least be in the UK where there is a functioning legal system.
'£200,000 is a lot of money', said Stephens. 'And it's a pity he can't use MasterCard or Visa.'
Also speaking from outside the courthouse, John Pilger says he spoke with Assange at the weekend and the latter seemed in good spirits. 'He's being held in solitary confinement - in what actually is a punishment block - and we don't know why. He's not even been charged with a crime. He should be walking out of the court right now.'
'But the case against Assange has always been weak and today we saw more about how weak it really is. And today Julian Assange finally got a taste of how British justice works and for that we're all pleased.'
Representatives of Marianne Ny first stated they won't be appealing the decision but Mark Stephens now states the court will reconvene at 17:15 UTC.
Christine Assange was present in court today to support her son and spoke with the BBC on location.
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