Julian Assange Has Been Freed On Bail By UK Court
As part of his £200,000 bail, Assange has a 10pm curfew, passport surrender and an electronic tag. Unclear if he is allowed to use a computer. So how about that AES 256 key already?
Keep up to speed on the most recent development courtesy of the Guardian:
3.46pm: More on the bail conditions.
• Surety of £240,000, according to BBC News
• Curfew from 10am-2pm and 10pm-2am
• Assange must report to the police station every day at 6pm
Hang on. Swedish prosecutors plan to launch an appeal against the
decision to grant Assange bail. They have two hours to do lodge an
appeal. Assange will not be freed until that process is over.
A lawyer for Assange predicted that the he won't be released tonight, according to Mostrous.
3.34pm: Assange's bail conditions include surrendering his passport, a curfew, and an electronic tag.
3.31pm: Assange's next court appearance will be January 11 2011. (Sorry about the technical problems in the last few minutes).
3.25pm: Assange has been granted bail, to cheers from inside and outside the court.
We doubt whether this actual category of rape would be rape under
English law, Robertson told the court, according to Mostrous. (This is
the weirdest way to report court proceedings. Why don't they televise it
and have done with it?)
Sarah Saunders, a restaurant designer and friend of Assange, signs
document offering £150,000 as surety, writes Vikram Dodd from the court.
She says it is almost all the money she has.
2.51pm: It looks likely that Assange will be granted bail, Vikram Dodd predicts from the court.
adds: "Over £200,000 offered in surety for bail. Court told ten
international public figures also offering surety. Court asks one of
them to sign [bail] document."
Vaughan Smith, from the Frontline club, has been put forward as someone
offering surety. As expected Assange's barrister Geoffrey Robertson
says an electronic tag could be placed on Assange if he is bailed. He also offers a curfew, and travel restrictions, according to Mostrous.
Robertson jokes that Assange would be under "mansion arrest" if he was bailed to Vaughan Smith's house, Mostrous tweets.
2.34pm: Unfortunately we can't set up an automatic feed for Alexi Mostrous's Twitter feed. Unlike Heather he works for someone else.
Here's his three latest tweets:
pros counsel: "The court has already found that mr Assange is a flight risk and its submitted that nothing has changed"
Judge says: "the stronger the case, the more likely the defendant is to abscond, the weaker the case, the less likely."
Pros counsel says: "In bail applications under extradition act strength of evidence ought not to be primary focus."