June 14, 2019 / 10:40 AM / 11 days ago

UK court sets Assange's U.S. extradition hearing for February 2020

LONDON, June 14 (Reuters) - The full extradition hearing to decide whether Wikileaks founder Julian Assange should be sent to the United States will take place in February next year, Westminster Magistrates Court in London ruled on Friday.

Assange, 47, is accused by U.S. authorities of conspiring to hack U.S. government computers and violating an espionage law.

He is currently in a London prison after being jailed for 50 weeks for skipping bail after fleeing to the Ecuadorean embassy seven years ago to avoid extradition to Sweden for questioning in a sexual assault investigation. (Reporting by Andrew MacAskill; writing by Michael Holden; editing by Stephen Addison)

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