A British judge sentenced WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange about Wednesday in prison to 50 months for skipping bond and holing up at the Ecuadorian embassy.
Judge Deborah Taylor stated it was hard to envision a version of the offense as she lent the outsider a sentence close to the maximum of a year .
She explained Assange’s seven decades in the embassy’d cost British taxpayers 16 million pounds ($21 million), and stated he sought asylum as a”deliberate effort to delay justice”
With his hair coiffed and wearing blouse and a sports coat, Assange appeared more healthy and more youthful than once he was dragged from their Ecuadorian Embassy by British authorities on April 11.
At the moment, sporting a unkempt beard and long hair, he appeared wild-eyed and mad. This time he had been written and for the most part although he did disrupt the judge to challenge her characterization of their sexual misconduct allegations he confronted in Sweden.
His lawyer read a brief letter from Assange into the judge in which he apologized”unreservedly” to anybody who felt his activities had been disrespectful.
“I found myself fighting with terrifying circumstances that neither I nor people from whom I sought advice could work out any remedy,” he stated in the letter. “I did what I believed at the time was the best and perhaps the only thing that could be done.”
The Australian secret-spiller sought asylum from the London embassy at June 2012 of the South American country to prevent extradition where he had been wanted for questioning over rape and sexual assault allegations.
Sweden suspended its investigation into sexual misconduct from Assange two years back because he was beyond their reach while he was residing in the embassy. Prosecutors have said if his position altered that evaluation could be revived.
Assange’s attorney Mark Summers told a court packed with supporters and WikiLeaks supporters that his customer sought refuge from the Ecuadorian Embassy because”he was living with overwhelming dread of being left handed into the U.S.” because of his WikiLeaks actions.
He said Assange had a”well-founded” panic he would be abused and possibly sent into the U.S. detention camp for terrorism suspects in Guantanamo Bay.
British authorities detained assange April 11 after Ecuador revoked his political asylum, accusing him of everything from meddling to poor hygiene in the nation’s foreign affairs.
He faces another court hearing Thursday on a U.S. extradition request. Assange has been charged by american authorities .