Julian Assange has been denied bail just days after a UK court ruled the WikiLeaks founder should not be extradited to the United States to face charges, including espionage.
It follows a decision earlier this week denying a request by the US Government to extradite Assange, citing his declining mental health and risk of suicide.
Prosecutors for the US argued that Assange had previously gone to extraordinary lengths to avoid extradition, including seeking refuge for seven years in the Ecuadorian embassy in London.
Judge Vanessa Baraitser said because the US was appealing against the decision on extradition, “this case has not yet been won” and Assange “still has an incentive to abscond”.
The US Government has accused the WikiLeaks founder of more than a dozen offences relating to the release of thousands of confidential military and diplomatic cables over a decade ago.
More to come.