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Assange's father urges Australia to bring him home Australia News

The father of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange called Australia on Sunday to bring his son home. He said he was shocked to see his son's condition after being arrested in London last week.

John Shipton, the secretary of the Wikileaks party, when his son tried to fight for a seat in the Senate in the 2013 national elections, allegedly visited Assange for Christmas at the Ecuadorian embassy in London after taking refuge there in 2012.

"DFAT (Department of State) and the Prime Minister should do something in a differentiated way," Shipton told Melbourne's Sunday Herald Sun.

"It can simply be solved to the satisfaction of all, in a meeting between a senator and a senior DFAT representative to deliver Julian to Australia."

Shipton said he was shocked to see his son's condition when he was arrested at the embassy on Thursday for skipping the bail and for a US extradition order referring to a huge leak of official documents.

"I saw him, the way they dragged him down the stairs, the police (police) .He did not look good, I'm 74 and I look better than him and he's 47. That's a shock ", he said.

"For months and months he lives like a high-security prisoner, he can not even go to the bathroom, there were cameras watching his every move."

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Friday that Assange will receive "no special treatment" from Canberra.

The 47-year-old Australian had taken refuge in the embassy waiting for bail, waiting for Sweden to be charged with sexual assault and rape, which he always denied.

The US Attorney's Office says Assange faces a five-year prison sentence if she is convicted of "computer-based conspiracy." However, it is expected that further charges will be brought against him.

British politicians urged their government on Saturday to give priority to any extradition that Sweden could make for him.

Swedish prosecutors have closed a rape investigation in 2017. On Friday, prosecutors said they had re-examined the rape case at the request of the alleged victim's lawyer.

"Serious human rights violations"

Massimo Moratti, Amnesty InternationalAl Jazeera, deputy director of research in Europe, told Al Jazeera that Assange was "at risk of being exposed to serious human rights violations, namely conditions of detention that could violate the ban on torture and other ill-treatment because of the possibility of solitary confinement." ,

"We also regard him as being at risk of unfair trial and even the death penalty can not be ruled out in advance, which is why the United Kingdom at this time is under no obligation to extradite or otherwise ship it to the United States USA, "he added.

Assange staff member Chelsea Manning spent seven years in prison in the United States – including one year in solitary confinement, which the United Nations considered cruel and inhumane – when she provided 750,000 documents, videos, and diplomatic cables to WikiLeaks in 2010 ,

Manning was locked up once again in March for refusing to provide evidence of an investigation by WikiLeaks. She remains in custody.

Will Julian Assange be delivered?

Al Jazeera and news agencies


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