"Assange behaves in exactly the same way as a tortured victim"


EDINBURGH, UNITED KINGDOM (Sputnik) – Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, imprisoned in the United Kingdom, shows the symptoms associated with torture victims, said Sputnik Craig Murray, British former ambassador to Uzbekistan and human rights activist, who witnessed the hearing of the Assange case.

On October 21, the Westminster Magistrates Court in London held the Julian Assange extradition trial hearing to the US.
"I know how people behave subjected to brutal torture, and Julian behaves in exactly the same way as a tortured victim. He has all the symptoms of a victim of torture: he is disoriented, confused, he finds it difficult to exercise free will, formulate and express his thoughts, "said Murray.
The former diplomat pointed out that the UN special rapporteur on torture, Nils Melzer, made exactly the same observation.

"There is no doubt that he is a victim of torture," Murray said.

According to the activist, Assange is totally isolated, he has 45 minutes of daily walk during which he is prohibited from contacts with other prisoners.
"Of course, prolonged solitary confinement is a form of torture, but I don't know what else he suffers," he said.
The former Wikileaks editor will follow the next two preliminary views – November 14 and December 19 – by audiovisual connection from the prison.

In addition, the hearings will be held in January and February. The extradition trial is scheduled for the last week of February 2020 in the Westminster Court itself.

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