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Julian Assange hires team of Lawyers to fight his extradition to US

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Julian Assange has reportedly hired a crack team of expensive lawyers as he prepares to fight extradition to the US tooth and nail.

Wikileaks will apparently pump money into their founder’s upcoming legal battle to fork out hundreds of thousands of pounds for renowned barristers, including Gareth Peirce who represented the Birmingham Six and the Guildford Four.

Assange was bundled out of the Ecuadorian embassy and hauled before Westminster Magistrate’s on Thursday where he was found guilty of failing to surrender to the court.

He could face up to 12 months in a UK prison when he is sentenced at Southwark Crown Court, but is wanted in the US for hacking charges and in Sweden for sexual assault offences.

But he is set to challenge any extradition attempts in the Supreme Court with an army of top-shot barristers, according to the Times.

Edward Fitzgerald QC and Ben Cooper are also reportedly poised to join Assange’s defence team.

The pair have fought previous extradition cases such as Gary McKinnon and Lauri Love.

In 2012, they persuaded former home secretary Theresa May not to extradite Mr McKinnon on health grounds and the following year they faced down attempts in the High Court to send Mr Love to the US.

Washington attorney Barry Pollack, who successfully appealed the case of Martin Tankleff who was wrongly jailed for 17 years when he was convicted of murdering his parents.

The US made an indictment against Assange in Virginia last year after he allegedly conspired with Chelsea Manning, a former US intelligence analyst, to access a security database.

His supposed top team of expensive lawyers was revealed as Ecuador’s government said Assange’s seven-year stay at their embassy in London cost the South American country £5million.

Foreign Minister Jose Valencia released the figures as he detailed the money that had been spent on keeping the 47-year-old Wikileaks founder after he entered the embassy on August 16 2012.

Most – nearly £4.5 million – was spent on security, but Mr Valencia also told the country’s legislators that £305,000 went on medical expenditure, food and washing his clothes.

He revealed another £230,000 was spent on legal advice the Australian received in 2012.

The Ecuadorian government said Assange, arrested on Thursday after his diplomatic asylum was withdrawn by the country’s president Lenin Moreno, had paid for his own upkeep since the start of last December.

His arrest came after the Ecuadorian government ended his asylum status, saying it was tired of his ‘discourteous’ behaviour and poor personal hygiene, which reportedly included smearing faeces on the walls of the country’s London embassy.

At court, the judge branded Assange a ‘narcissist who cannot get beyond his own selfish interests’.

Assange denied skipping bail in 2012 but was found guilty after the judge said his defence was ‘laughable’.

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Lady Gabriella Windsor weds Prince Michael of Kent (Photos)

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Lady Gabriella Windsor and Prince Michael of Kent have walked down the aisle on Saturday, may 18th. Lady Gabriella is the daughter of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, while Prince Michael is Her Majesty The Queen’s cousin.

Lady Gabriella’s wedding dress was a bespoke design by Luisa Beccaria. It was made of lace, embroidered with flowers and embellishments. Its blush shade came from layers of tulle and organdie beneath the lace, which created the body of the gown. The skirts fanned out into a long train. Her veil was made from layers of white tulle, together with embroidered flowers.

The Bridesmaid and Pageboy outfits were also designed by Luisa Beccaria. Bridesmaids wore cream dresses with blush underlays and sashes, with flower rings in their hair to echo the bridal bouquet. Pageboys wore cream shirts and knickerbockers. Their shoes were by Papouelli.

Lady Gabriella wore a Russian Fringe style diamond tiara also worn by her grandmother, HRH Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent, and her mother, HRH Princess Michael of Kent, on their wedding days.

Lady Gabriella’s bouquet featured a creamy ivory ‘Ella’ rose by David Austin, named for the bride, and myrtle, which has formed part of many Royal wedding bouquets in a tradition started by Queen Victoria. Other flowers incorporated included Juliet roses, Lily of the Valley and white and apricot sweet peas.

The Bridal Party

Mr Kingston’s Best Men were Mr Benjamin Crow, Mr Daniel Crow and Mr Jamie Campbell.

The Bridesmaids were Miss Isabella Windsor, Miss Maud Windsor, Miss Leonora Weisman, Miss Aurelia del Drago, Miss Eliza Goldsmith and Miss Emily Conolly.

The Pageboys were Master Frederick Murray, Master Rafferty Murray and Master Karim Khawaja.

Miss Estella Taylor, Miss Jessie Conolly and Miss Hannah Conolly were Special Attendants.

 

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Nigerian Lady, Morolake Hycinthia arrested for fraud in U.S

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A Nigerian Youtuber and Verified Domestic Violence advocate, Morolake Hycinthia, has been arrested for fraud in the U.S.

The 24-year-old suspect was apprehended on May 4, 2019.

She is currently being held for possessing another person’s identity, identity fraud, and knowingly using false financial information.

Her bail has been set for $20,000 for one of the charges.

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Video: Police arrest 93 suspects on Kaduna-Abuja Highway

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Police – Operatives of Operation Puff Adder  with the joint effort of IRT, Special Task Force on Friday arrested 93 suspected kidnappers, bandits on the Kaduna-Abuja Highway.

 

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