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 ‘Assange may die in detention’, doctors demand urgent medical treatment for Wikileaks founder

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Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan is a graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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More than 60 doctors have demanded urgent medical treatment for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, according to British media reports.

The 48-year-old, who is currently in jail in Britain, has to be rushed to the hospital for treatment or he may die in detention, according to a letter sent to British Home Secretary, Priti Patel and other media on Monday.

Both the physical and mental condition of Assange must be verified by experts, the letter said.

His health has deteriorated rapidly in prison, they claim.

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“Were such urgent assessment and treatment not to take place, we have real concerns, on the evidence currently available, that Mr Assange could die in prison,” the British media quoted the letter as saying.

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The letter published in the Guardian newspaper, among other media outlets, was signed by doctors from the U.S., Australia, Britain, Sweden, Italy, Germany, Sri Lanka and Poland.

“The medical situation is thereby urgent. There is no time to lose,” they wrote.

According to the Guardian, the doctors based their testimony on Assange’s October appearance in a London court and on a report by UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer.

He said that Assange showed typical signs of “psychological torture.”

Assange is due to appear in court on Feb. 25 to fight an extradition request from the U.S. which accuses him of helping whistleblower Chelsea Manning publish secret material on U.S. military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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