From the Independent 04 May 2019
Julian Assange: WikiLeaks founder given disproportionate sentence for ‘minor’ crime, UN legal experts claim
Julian Assange was “disproportionate” sentence for a bail violation, the United Nations has said as it accused British authorities of breaching his human rights.
The WikiLeaks founder was handed a 50-week sentence earlier this week and is being held at Belmarsh Prison in south-east London. He is fighting an extradition request made by the US over an alleged hacking conspiracy.
The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention said it was deeply concerned about the “disproportionate” sentence and claimed that violating bail was only “a minor violation”.
“The working group is further concerned that Mr Assange has been detained since 11 April 2019 in Belmarsh Prison, a high-security prison, as if he were convicted for a serious criminal offence,” it said.
“This treatment appears to contravene the principles of necessity and proportionality envisaged by the human rights standards.”
The panel added: “It is worth recalling that the detention and the subsequent bail of Mr Assange in the UK were connected to preliminary investigations initiated in 2010 by a prosecutor in Sweden. It is equally worth noting that that prosecutor did not press any charges against Mr Assange and that, in 2017, after interviewing him in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, she discontinued investigations and brought an end to the case.”
The same panel of legal experts previously stated that Assange was arbitrarily detained in the Ecuadorian embassy and should have had his liberty restored.
Mr Assange lived inside the embassy for almost seven years before being dragged out by police officers last month.
Persecution of Brian Pead by corrupt State officials
Brian Pead has, like Assange, been the victim of bullying by corrupt (and no doubt paedophile) State officials.
Brian was once sent to prison for 2 years for sending birthday and Christmas cards top his family – which they didn’t even receive!
Brian Pead said, “It is my firm belief that the ordinary member of the public has little notion of the depth of corruption upon which this country is founded – they are brainwashed into believing the MPs serve them, that the Police are the finest in the world and that the legal system is so good that other countries model their own on it! Some people are so brainwashed that if the authorities told them that white was black, they’d believe it.”
He added: I, too, have been unlawfully imprisoned in Belmarsh and I also visited the Ecuadorian Embassy to seek asylum after a raft of MPs, judges and senior police officers did nothing to prevent the persecution of me and my daughter and grandchildren.”