Sixty doctors have written a letter to the British Home Secretary Priti Patel. They urge Julian Assange to be transferred to a hospital. According to the doctors his health is so bad that he could die in prison if nothing happens.
The 48-year-old founder of Wikileaks is imprisoned in London’s high-security Belmarsh prison. The BBC once compared to Guantanamo Bay for its poor conditions.
“Mr. Assange urgently needs expert medical assessment of both his physical and mental health. Any necessary medical treatment must be given in a well-equipped and expertly staffed University Academic Hospital,” say doctors from all over the world.
Eyewitnesses reported in October that Assange made a rather confused impression at a meeting.
In May, a UN rapporteur, together with doctors specializing in torture, visited Assange in prison. In a report, they concluded that he shows all the symptoms of a person who has been subjected to long-term mental torture.
It is not until the end of February that the British court decides whether Assange can be extradited to the US. Doctors fear that the whistleblower will not be able to cope with the process and a possible appeal. Assange is accused by the US of hacking and leaking state secrets. He was arrested in the United Kingdom for the possible sexual assault and rape of two Swedish women. Sweden has already closed the case.
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