Julian Assange Could Die In Jail, Says 60 Doctors In Open Letter To UK Home Secretary

BP World Bureau | Nov 25 2019 11:07:37 AM

Over 60 doctors wrote an open letter to the UK Home Secretary claiming that they fear WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange would die in the top-security British jail as his health is so bad.

“We write this open letter, as clinical doctors, to right our serious considerations in regards to the physical and psychological effectively-being of Julian Assange,” said the doctors in a 16-page open letter addressing Home Secretary Priti Patel.

They added that the Assange requires an urgent professional clinical overview of both his physical and psychological declare of effectively-being.

As per reports, Assange is in Belmarsh prison, south-east London under the Espionage Act that could give him a sentence of 175 years.

The United States government charged the WikiLeaks founder with violating the Espionage Act of 1917 and unsealed an indictment against him for alleged computer intrusion, related to the leaks provided by Chelsea Manning.

The Swedish prosecutors claimed that they had dropped their investigation into a 2010 rape allegation, even though they found the plaintiff’s claim “credible”.

The doctors asked Britain's interior minister to move Assange from Belmarsh prison in southeast London to a university teaching hospital.

"There were such urgent assessment and treatment that should not take place, we have real concerns, on the evidence currently available, that Mr Assange could die in prison if his condition goes on like this. The medical situation is thereby very urgent. There is not a single moment to lose," the letter added.

They claim that Assange's first appearance in public for six months, he seemed frail.

The letter was filed by doctors from the USA, Australia, Britain, Sweden, Italy, Germany, Sri Lanka, Poland.