On March 6, 2019, a jury in the capital city of Ottawa convicted two Canadians, Julian Assange and Julian Assange II, of espionage for releasing classified US military and intelligence information to WikiLeaks.
Julian Assange was sentenced to two years in prison and is currently under house arrest.
Julian Julian Assange, the British man accused of being the founder of WikiLeaks, has been imprisoned for more than five years.
On March 8, 2018, Julian Julian, the son of Julian Assange Jr., was arrested and charged with five offences, including attempting to obtain material that is protected under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, breaching bail conditions and failing to appear at a court date.
The charges were all later dropped.
Julian’s mother, Anna, was also arrested and has been in custody since May 2018.
Julian is the founder and editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks.
Assange and his supporters claim the charges are politically motivated and are an attempt to silence Julian.
In May 2018, the Canadian Supreme Court of Appeal ruled in favour of Julian’s lawyers and ordered a retrial.
Julian and his lawyers appealed to the Supreme Court and lost the case.
The Court of Appeals then granted a stay of the trial, which is currently pending.
On February 21, 2019 Julian Assange pleaded not guilty to five charges.
The judge in the case, Justice Michael Ligon, had ruled that there was no basis for a fair and impartial trial and that the defence had not shown there was any reason to proceed.
A number of other British citizens, including Michael Zehaf-Bibeau and Michael Adebolajo, were also charged with espionage.
Julian said in an interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) that the judge was biased and did not believe in the right to a fair, transparent and independent trial.
“He has not even listened to the arguments of the defence.
And if I had listened, I would have been able to get to the truth of the matter,” he said.
“If he were to listen, the facts of the case would have made it very clear to me that the evidence in this case would be strong.”
Julian also expressed regret that the case has taken so long.
“The whole case has been dragging on for so long,” he told the ABC.
“It has been a long journey for me, for my family and for my supporters.
And now we have reached a point where we can’t keep going on.”
Julian Assange says he will appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, or CAS, on appeal.