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Bake Off judge Prue Leith gives hospitals food advice

Bake Off judge Prue Leith urges hospital bosses to let patients eat when they want

  • Hospital bosses have been urged to abandon set meal times to help patientws
  • Three patients die in the NHS every day as a result of malnutrition, it is claimed
  • A report suggested patients should have an iPad to order their own food 

Hospital bosses have been urged by Bake Off judge Prue Leith to abandon set meal times in an effort to encourage patients to eat.

A team of experts headed by the celebrity chef was asked to undertake a root-and-branch review into hospital food by Health Secretary Matt Hancock.

It follows mounting complaints and NHS figures showing three patients die every day as a result of malnutrition.

Bake Off judge Prue Leith to abandon set meal times in an effort to encourage patients to eat

There has been criticism over the quality of food served in hospitals in the country 

The team’s 93-page report seen by The Mail on Sunday, also calls for ‘dinnertime companions’, communal dining areas and ‘cutting sandwiches into quarters and adding a garnish’. It says patients should be given iPads to order meals online.

But last night, health professionals poured scorn on the idea.

Dr Jim Stewart, a consultant gastroenterologist, said the report was ‘missing the fundamental complexity involved with feeding sick people’. And Wendy-Ling Relph, matron for nutrition at East Kent University Hospital Trust, said that many of the recommendations were unrealistic.

She said: ‘Wards are busier than ever, with patients sicker than they have ever been.

‘Most patients don’t want to move far from their bed – and are too sick to do so.’

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Ghislaine Maxwell judge claims Epstein ‘madam’ may be his VICTIM as he mulls blocking release of secret sex papers

A JUDGE presiding over Ghislaine Maxwell's deposition case has claimed she may be a "victim" of her ex-boyfriend Jeffrey Epstein as she mulls blocking the release of secret sex papers.

Judge Rosemary Pooler suggested that Epstein may have taken advantage of Maxwell – despite a long list of accusers claiming she actively helped abuse them.


Maxwell, 58, allegedly acted as disgraced financier Epstein's "madam" and helped him abuse young girls.

The judge made the comment during a hearing held yesterday at the Court of Appeal for the Second Circuit in New York to decide if a deposition given by Maxwell about her sex life should be released.

Maxwell made the 418-page deposition as part of a civil libel case brought against her by Epstein sex slave Virginia Roberts in 2015 after Maxwell called her a liar.

Ms Roberts claims that Maxwell groomed her and that she was forced to have sex with Prince Andrew. Andrew denies the claims.

Judge Pooler mentioned an investigation carried out by the Miami Herald in 2018 in the lead up to Epstein's arrest, saying that it "led to some important work in the protection of young female victims but Miss Maxwell may be a victim as well, isn't that true?"

Lawyer for the Miami Herald Christine Walz replied: "We do not believe that is true".

The defamation case was settled in 2017, but there have been applications made to make the documents used in the case public.

Maxwell is fighting against the decision, claiming they would influence her upcoming criminal trial if they were released.

The appeals court judges reserved their ruling.

MAXWELL'S CHARGES

Maxwell was arrested in July after going into hiding at her New Hampshire home – Tucked Away – by the FBI.

Prosecutors allege that between 1994 and 1997 she helped Epstein to groom girls as young as 14 who were used as "sex slaves".

Maxwell has been charged with six counts of perjury and sex trafficking offences.

The 17-page indictment against Maxwell accused her of grooming and befriending victims, normalising inappropriate behaviour, being present during abuse to put victims at ease, encouraging victims to accept Epstein's help, encouraging victims to engage in sexual activity and taking part herself.

One accuser Jennifer Araoz said Maxwell was at the "centre of his sex trafficking ring."

Maxwell faces up to 35 years in prison if found guilty.

After being denied bail due to the severity of the crimes of which she is alleged and what was deemed a serious flight risk, she is being held at the Metropolitan Detention Center, Brooklyn until her trial.

Maxwell denies all allegations against her.

Maxwell moved to New York in the early 1990s after her father, the media mogul Robert Maxwell, died.

She started dating Jeffrey Epstein in 1992 and remained in a close friendship until his fall from grace.

The precise nature of their relationship is still not entirely clear.

Maxwell would fly on his private jet, live with him in his mansions and eventually got her own five-storey Manhattan townhouse.

It is through Maxwell that Prince Andrew met the paedophile Epstein.

After Epstein was arrested for sexually abusing minors, Maxwell claimed he was a "kind generous loving man".

Epstein killed himself in his prison cell in August last year.



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Novak Djokovic hits line judge with ball — again — in French Open, advances to quarterfinals

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It’s a mistake he probably was hoping to avoid making again.

Novak Djokovic was disqualified from the U.S. Open early last month after hitting a line judge with a ball, and on Monday he did the same at the French Open.

PETRA KVITOVA REACHES FIRST FRENCH OPEN QUARTERFINAL SINCE 2012

The circumstances were much different, however, and Djokovic was not disqualified. He was attempting to return Karen Khachanov’s serve during their fourth-round matchup when he reached for the ball and it redirected, hitting a line judge in the face.

"It was very awkward deja vu," Djokovic said, via CBS Sports. "I'm actually trying to find the linesperson and see if he's OK because I saw he had a little bit of a bruise, like redness, in that place in the head where the ball hit him."

The official seemed to be OK. Djokovic approached immediately after.

"I hope he's fine," he added. "He dealt with it in a strong and brave way. But it was a hit because I was very close."

YEARS AFTER ANOREXIA, HIATUS, ITALIAN REACHES FRENCH OPEN QF

Djokovic’s bid for an 18th Grand Slam title and his 26-0 start to this season came to an abrupt end last month when he was disqualified from his fourth-round match at the U.S. Open after accidentally hitting a line judge in the neck with a tennis ball.

Djokovic had just lost a game to his opponent, Pablo Carreno Busta, to fall behind 6-5 in the first set when he walked to the sideline for the changeover and smacked the ball behind him. The ball hit a line judge, who dropped to her knees at the back of the court and reached for her neck.

It was apparent Djokovic did not intend to hit the line judge; he wasn't looking in that direction when his racket made contact with the ball and there was concern written on his face as soon as he realized what happened.

But players who hit a ball out of anger and make contact with an on-court official have been defaulted in the past.

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Djokovic will face Busta again during the French Open quarterfinals Wednesday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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BGT judge Amanda Holden says 'she's had so many complaints, her t*ts have their own committee'

AMANDA Holden has never been shy about flashing the flesh on Britain’s Got Talent – nor facing the torrent of viewer complaints afterwards.

But now she has something else to reveal — that ITV show bosses have installed a committee of bigwigs to check out her chest area and sign it off before the cameras start rolling each week.

This week there were hundreds more grumbles to broadcasting watchdog Ofcom over her latest low-cut ensemble.

But in an exclusive interview Amanda laughs off the latest controversy — and vows to keep wearing what she loves.

The BGT judge says: “There’s now a whole body of people that knock on my door and come and stare at my chest before we go on air.

“There’s a t*t committee. There are so many brilliant people, they come down, knock on the door and there’s the lady who’s the producer who said, ‘Mandy, it looks great’.

“She said, ‘I can see it’s underwired’ — people thought it was my nipple they could see but it was the underwire.

"My husband does describe them as being like football studs, but that’s probably too much information.

“But yes, there’s a whole committee now, and a head of the committee.

“I won’t name her, but she’s female. She is a good, strong woman and she’s on my side.”

Amanda adds: “People have been banging on about my t*ts for a decade now, and I’m nearly 50.

“I could technically be going on a Saga holiday next year. Do you think maybe I should get them insured?”

And she jokes: “They have their own chat show next year. They’re going to take over from Piers. I might let them go on Life Stories.

“I’ll let Piers interview them — they can talk about everything they’ve been through.

"Actually he saw them once because I went round for dinner with my kids and (husband) Chris at his house in LA, and I was chatting to one of his sons and one fell out.

“And Piers was like, ‘Er, Mandy, can I just point something out? You’re talking to my son’.”

Yet despite laughing off the latest controversy, Amanda admits she is anxious about Saturday night’s show as it will see her showcase her own talents to the nation after releasing her debut album, Songs From My Heart, tomorrow.

The record has been a labour of love over several years, and sees her perform her favourite tracks from the West End stage, as well as a duet with Sheridan Smith.

Amanda says: “Releasing it feels like I’ve had a wobbly tooth that just won’t come out, and you go, ‘Let me just yank it out’.

“That’s how I’ve felt throughout lockdown. It’s been like, ‘Are we going to do it? Yes. We’re gonna do it in October’, and then you think October’s miles away and it has come round so quickly.

“I am just so nervous but so relieved that it’ll be out and we just can get on with promoting it and doing all the stuff that comes with it. But I can’t wait now, to be absolutely honest.”

She adds: “It’s a lifelong dream, so for this to happen out of the blue at my age — 48 when I got the deal — is unbelievable.

“Age isn’t really a thing any more, but you don’t expect to have so many green shoots still happening, and it just feels like my bush is still sprouting, let’s just say that.

“I don’t think women of my age were getting opportunities like this 20 or 30 years ago, so that’s progress.

“And of course you can’t deny it’s also to do with Britain’s Got Talent and The Voice and all those shows.

"I started out in musical theatre but in the UK you’re only allowed to do one thing at a time really.

"You do a bit of comedy, then you do a bit of drama, you can’t be an all-rounder, but I think more and more we’re becoming more like America.

“Me and Bradley Walsh, we’re on our own.”

Laughing, she quickly adds: “It’s a better album than his! I’m joking, but I think there’s a real market for this kind of music.

“It’s hard to choose my favourite track, but working with Sheridan was a wonderful experience.

“I thought, ‘Who else is off the telly but does the West End?’ and just wondered if she would do it. I didn’t know her very well. I’d been to see her in everything she’s done.

“I’m a super-fan and I’ve been backstage and had a glass of bubbles with her, all that kind of thing, but never given her a hug and said, ‘I really love you’.

"David Walliams gave me her number and I rang her and she just said yes, came down while she was pregnant and I couldn’t leave her alone, I absolutely adored her.

“We really bonded and I think she won’t mind me saying, she was surprised I wasn’t as posh as she thought.

“I think I always sound posh to people, like I had private education, but I had the same sort of upbringing as her, on a housing estate, absolutely no pennies to rub together, so we got to know each other very quick because we’re both very open, quite honest, straight-talking people.

“And my immediate reaction was I just wanted to throw my arms around her. And she sort of makes you want to protect her and look after her.

"I really enjoyed the whole afternoon.

“She’s lovely, putting the song on social media and saying, ‘Yay’ and being supportive. It’s how my girlfriends and I behave towards each other.

“We’ve all been very successful in our own ways of working and it’s just so nice to have a lovely woman in my clan that feels the same about other women and that they’re all championing each other.”

Amanda admits she is more comfortable at the thought of singing the song on the BGT stage in front of Ashley Banjo, who is standing in for Simon Cowell after his spinal surgery, rather than the notoriously fierce music mogul himself.

She says: “As much as I miss him terribly, I’m really glad Simon’s not there.

“To have to look at him and sing, I would absolutely die.”

And despite the major controversy around Ashley and dance troupe Diversity’s BGT performance in support of Black Lives Matter, which drew 25,000 viewer complaints, Amanda says: “I’m glad Ashley’s there.

“He has been a wonderful person to have on the show, and the way he has dealt with the controversy around their performance has been amazing.

"I’m very proud that we did that as a show and stood by it.”

The performance last month replicated the death of black American George Floyd, whose neck was knelt on by a police officer during his arrest.

But it also looked more widely at this tumultuous year, and Amanda says: “I was proud to be one of the first people to see it.

"I knew it was going to make an impact and I loved the fact it celebrated the entire year and that kind of sense of community. It was one of the big positive things that came out of lockdown.

"We finally got to know our neighbours, we clapped the NHS, we came together with a real community spirit, so I was very saddened and quite disappointed to see the complaints and so much focus on that.

“To say that we’ve been overwhelmed with positivity would be an understatement.

“I hated the fact we were only concentrating on the negativity. But he dealt with it brilliantly.

"We all stood hand in hand around him and I particularly enjoyed it when ITV put their ad out in support.

“It’s a changing world but I’ve spoken to Alesha especially, at great length, and she said it’s not just about putting faces on TV, it’s about changing things behind the scenes.

"So these people really need to think about what they’re doing now, because this is a fantastic opportunity to educate us and make this conversation continue happening.

“If a family show starts a discussion then it’s right. And in five, six years’ time I think this will be a thing of the past, but BGT is a great place to tackle it.

“There’s no point doing it on Newsnight with nobody watching. Have it on BGT, on a forum that everyone understands.

“The reaction was absurd. And I think Ashley has been reaffirmed by the public love of him and by ITV and by all of us, just by standing side by side.”

  • Amanda’s album Songs From My Heart is out tomorrow

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Judge will rule Julian Assange extradition case in January

Judge will rule on January 4 whether WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange should be extradited to the US on espionage charges

  • Judge Vanessa Baraitser told London’s Old Bailey she will then make her ruling 
  • US authorities accuse Australian-born Assange, 49, of espionage in 2010-11 
  • Today marked the conclusion of hearings from witnesses in the extradition case 

Julian Assange will spend Christmas in a British prison while he waits for his extradition fate to be decided on January 4, a judge ruled today.

Judge Vanessa Baraitser told London’s Old Bailey she will then make her ruling on whether the WikiLeaks founder should be handed over to the United States to face espionage charges.   

US authorities accuse Australian-born Assange, 49, of conspiring to hack government computers and of violating an espionage law in connection with the release of confidential cables in 2010-2011.

Today marked the conclusion of hearings from witnesses in the case that began after he was thrown out of the Ecuadorian embassy following almost seven years asylum there.

Adjourning the case until early next year, Judge Baraitser remanded him in custody and said he will next appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court for an administrative hearing on October 29.

Assange, who fathered two children while holed up at the embassy, has already spent 16 months at Belmarsh top security jail. 

A large group of protesters campaigning for Assange’s release made their presence known outside the court this afternoon.

The WikiLeaks founders’ partner Stella Morris said they were in ‘a fight for Julian’s life, a fight for press freedom and a fight for the truth’. 

Julian Assange is pictured being taken from court in May 2019. A judge will rule whether he will extradited to the US in January

Assange, who fathered two children while holed up at the embassy (pictured addressing the media on the balcony in 2017), has already spent 16 months at Belmarsh top security jail

Stella Moris, partner of Julian Assange gives a statement outside the Old Bailey in London today

Assange’s legal team has called dozens of witnesses in a bid to persuade the district judge to block his extradition.

They have questioned the strength of the evidence against Assange, who faces 18 charges including a plot to hack computers and conspiracy to obtain and disclose national defence information.

Assange has refuted the claim he plotted with defence analyst Chelsea Manning to crack an encrypted password on US Department of Defence computers and that unredacted leaks by WikiLeaks put US informants’ lives at risk.

Witnesses have told the court the prosecution under the Donald Trump administration has been politically motivated, after an investigation launched under President Barack Obama failed to bring charges.

His lawyer Jennifer Robinson described a meeting in August 2017 in which he was offered a pardon allegedly on behalf of Mr Trump to identify the source of the Democratic National Committee leaks to WikiLeaks which boosted him in the 2016 election in order to end speculation over Russian involvement.

Meanwhile, security contractor was allegedly recruited by ‘American friends’ to bug Assange’s meetings at the Ecuadorian embassy.

Kristinn Hrafnsson editor in chief of Wikileaks gives a statement outside the Old Bailey in London

Julian Assange’s partner says supporters are in ‘a fight for his life’

The fiancee of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has spoken of his fight for ‘life, press freedom and truth’ as he awaits a decision on his extradition to the United States.

Speaking outside the Old Bailey today, she told the crowd: ‘Julian and I would like to thank everyone for the kindness that has been shown over the past few weeks.

‘Every message, every action, every show of support means so much to us and we would like to thank you all for helping us continue this fight.

‘It’s a fight for Julian’s life, a fight for press freedom and a fight for the truth.’

She said that her partner was in prison for providing a ‘public service’.

‘He is in prison because he informed you of actual crimes and atrocities being committed by a foreign power.

‘That foreign power has ripped away his freedom and torn our family apart.’

Ms Morris concluded: ‘Julian is a publisher. Julian is also a son, a friend, my fiancee and a father. Our children need their father.

‘Julian needs his freedom. And our democracy needs a free press.’

By December 2017, the US contacts were said to be ‘desperate’, and even discussed a potential kidnap or poison plot to end the stalemate.

US lawyer Eric Lewis told the court Mr Trump ‘wants to put Mr Assange in jail and keep him quiet’.

The defence say the US constitution’s first amendment on freedom of speech has previously protected publishers of leaks, and to prosecute would be a ‘chilling’ precedent.

Other witnesses told of the likelihood that Assange would be subjected to harsh prison conditions under controversial Special Administrative Measures (Sams), more commonly reserved for dangerous terrorists.

If Assange was convicted, he could face up to 175 years in a Supermax ADX facility in Colorado, where convicted terrorist Abu Hamza has been housed under Sams in solitary confinement, the court heard.

Such conditions would be torturous for Assange, who was said to have Asperger’s syndrome.

Psychiatrists for the defence said he had suffered from severe depression and was a high suicide risk, it has been claimed.

Lawyers for the US Government have said the prospect of Assange being held under Sams is ‘speculative’ and the sentence was likely to be much lower.

Ms Manning had been sentenced to 35 years over her role in leaking classified material, but was given clemency after seven years.

However, she was jailed again for contempt in 2019 and fined for refusing to testify in court about Assange.

A psychiatrist for the prosecution told the court that Assange’s depression was ‘moderate’ and his suicide risk ‘manageable’.

Dr Nigel Blackwood pointed out Assange’s behaviour demonstrates he is a ‘resourceful’ and ‘resilient’ man capable of sharing banter with others.

However, the defence said an incident in May 2019 in which a razor was found hidden in Assange’s cell beneath underwear told a different story.

The evidence ended on Thursday with a series of witness statements summarised in court, including five from Assange’s solicitor, Gareth Peirce.

She said legally privileged material had been seized from the Ecuadorian embassy after his eviction, at the request of the US.

Mrs Peirce also claimed her own meetings with Assange in December 2017 and January 2018 were the subject of surveillance, with records handed to the US intelligence agencies.

‘I was wholly unaware of that surveillance,’ she said, although Assange ‘remained suspicious throughout that period’.

‘There is a very high level of anxiety and fear that legal interviews with Mr Assange are continuing to be monitored,’ she said.

‘This fear is triggered by the clear evidence that surveillance had been taking place over a number of years.’

Mrs Peirce said this had had a ‘chilling effect’ on the preparation for Assange’s extradition hearing and ‘effected confidence as to the confidentiality of his case’.

Throughout the hearings in Court 10, pro-Assange protesters have staged noisy and colourful demonstrations outside the historic central London court, shouting, banging drums and a glockenspiel.

Mr Assange’s father, John Shipton, had been joined by the artist Ai Weiwei and designer Dame Vivienne Westwood – who also lent their support.

Assange’s partner, Stella Moris, sat metres from Assange, who on three occasions leapt up in the dock as he became animated by the evidence.

In an unprecedented move brought about by Covid-19 restrictions, dozens of journalists watched by video link or in an socially-distanced courtroom next door as the majority of witnesses gave evidence remotely from the US.

JULIAN ASSANGE’S LONG LEGAL BATTLE 

2006

Assange creates Wikileaks with a group of like-minded activists and IT experts to provide a secure way for whistleblowers to leak information. He quickly becomes its figurehead and a lightning rod for criticism.

2010

March: U.S. authorities allege Assange engaged in a conspiracy to hack a classified U.S. government computer with former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning. 

July: Wikileaks starts releasing tens of thousands of top secrets documents, including a video of U.S. helicopter pilots gunning down 12 civilians in Baghdad in 2007.  What followed was the release of more than 90,000 classified US military files from the Afghan war and 400,000 from Iraq that included the names of informants. 

August: Two Swedish women claim that they each had consensual sex with Assange in separate instances when he was on a 10-day trip to Stockholm. They allege the sex became non-consensual when Assange refused to wear a condom.

First woman claims Assange was staying at her apartment in Stockholm when he ripped off her clothes. She told police that when she realized Assange was trying to have unprotected sex with her, she demanded he use a condom. She claims he ripped the condom before having sex.

Second Swedish woman claims she had sex with Assange at her apartment in Stockholm and she made him wear a condom. She alleges that she later woke up to find Assange having unprotected sex with her.

He was questioned by police in Stockholm and denied the allegations. Assange was granted permission by Swedish authorities to fly back to the U.K.  

November: A Swedish court ruled that the investigation should be reopened and Assange should be detained for questioning on suspicion of rape, sexual molestation and unlawful coercion. An international arrest warrant is issued by Swedish police through Interpol.

Wikileaks releases its cache of more than 250,000 U.S. diplomatic cables.  

December: Assange presents himself to London police and appears at an extradition hearing where he is remanded in custody. Assange is granted conditional bail at the High Court in London after his supporters pay £240,000 in cash and sureties.

2011

February: A British judge rules Assange should be extradited to Sweden but Wikileaks found vows to fight the decision.

April:  A cache of classified U.S. military documents is released by Wikileaks, including intelligence assessments on nearly all of the 779 people who are detained at the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba.

November: Assange loses High Court appeal against the decision to extradite him.

2012

June: Assange enters the Ecuadorian embassy in London requesting political asylum. 

August: Assange is granted political asylum by Ecuador.

2013

June: Assange tells a group of journalists he will not leave the embassy even if sex charges against him are dropped out of fear he will be extradited to the U.S.

2015

August: Swedish prosecutors drop investigation into some of the sex allegations against Assange due to time restrictions. The investigation into suspected rape remains active.

2016

July: Wikileaks begins leaking emails U.S. Democratic Party officials favoring Hillary Clinton.

November: Assange is questioned over the sex allegation at the Ecuadorian Embassy in the presence of Sweden’s assistant prosecutor Ingrid Isgren and police inspector Cecilia Redell. The interview spans two days. 

2017

January: Barack Obama agrees to free whistleblower Chelsea Manning from prison. Her pending release prompts speculation Assange will end his self-imposed exile after Wikileaks tweeted he would agree to U.S. extradition.

April: Lenin Moreno becomes the new president of Ecuador who was known to want to improve diplomatic relations between his country and the U.S. 

May: An investigation into a sex allegation against Assange is suddenly dropped by Swedish prosecutors. 

2018

January: Ecuador confirms it has granted citizenship to Assange following his request. 

February: Assange is visited by Pamela Anderson and Nobel Peace Prize winner Adolfo Perez Esquivel.

March: The Ecuadorian Embassy suspends Assange’s internet access because he wasn’t complying with a promise he made the previous year to ‘not send messages which entailed interference in relation to other states’.

August: U.S. Senate committee asks to interview Assange as part of their investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election.

September: Assange steps down as editor of WikiLeaks.

October: Assange reveals he will launch legal action against the government of Ecuador, accusing it of violating his ‘fundamental rights and freedoms’.

November: U.S. Justice Department inadvertently names Assange in a court document that says he has been charged in secret. 

2019

January: Assange’s lawyers say they are taking action to make President Trump’s administration reveal charges ‘secretly filed’ against him.

April 6: WikiLeaks tweets that a high level Ecuadorian source has told them Assange will be expelled from the embassy within ‘hours or days’. But a senior Ecuadorian official says no decision has been made to remove him from the London building. 

April 11: Assange has his diplomatic asylum revoked by Ecuador and he is arrested by the Metropolitan Police; he is remanded in custody by a judge at Westminster Magistrates Court.

April 12: He is found guilty of breaching his bail terms.

May 1: Sentenced to 11 months in jail.

May 2: Court hearing takes place over Assange’s proposed extradition to the U.S. He tells a court he does not consent to the extradition and the case is adjourned until May 30.

May 13: Swedish prosecutors reopen rape case saying they still want to question Assange. 

June 3: Swedish court rules against detaining him in absentia, setting back the extradition case.

June 12 Home Secretary Sajid Javid signs an extradition request from the US.

June 13 A hearing sets out the date for Assange’s full extradition hearing – February next year.

November  Swedish prosecutors stop investigation into an allegation of rape against Mr Assange 

November 25 – Medics say without correct medical care Assange ‘could die’ in Belmarsh 

December 13 –  Hearing in London hears he is being blocked from seeing key evidence in case

December 19 – Appears at Westminster Magistrates’ Court via video-link where his lawyer claims US bid to extradite him is ‘political’. 

2020   

February 24 –Assange faces an extradition hearing at Woolwich Crown Court.

Assange’s representatives argue he cannot legally be handed to the US for ‘political offences’ because of a 2003 extradition treaty.

March 2 – Assange appears by video link at Westminster Magistrates’ Court, where he is refused bail amid the coronavirus crisis.

April 11 – Stella Moris, Assange’s partner, who gave birth to his two children while he was living inside the Ecuadorian embassy, issues a plea for his release amid fears for his health.

June 24 – The US Department of Justice issues an updated 18-count indictment, over Assange’s alleged role in ‘one of the largest compromises of classified information in the history of the United States’.

August 25 – Ms Moris visits her partner in Belmarsh prison for the first time in almost six months.

September 7 – Assange’s extradition hearings resume at the Old Bailey. They are expected to go on for up to four weeks.

October 1 – Judge Vanessa Baraitser adjourned the case at the Old Bailey until January 4 when she will deliver her ruling on whether Assange should be extradited. This means he will spend Christmas in prison.

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