He faces 175 years in prison: Julian Assange marries in prison

He faces 175 years in prison
Julian Assange marries in prison

Wikileaks founder Assange faces a trial over espionage allegations. That doesn’t stop him from marrying his partner in maximum security. However, the newlywed bride has to cut the wedding cake alone.

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who has been imprisoned in London for around three years, has married his longtime partner Stella Moris. “You are now Mr. and Mrs. Assange,” Assange’s brother, Gabriel Shipton, said after the wedding. It is still unclear whether the newlyweds will officially use their husband’s surname in the future.

The bride came after the wedding in a silver wedding dress from London’s Belmarsh high-security prison, as a dpa reporter observed on site. “I don’t even know what to say. I’m very happy and very sad,” she said after the lawyer cut a three-tier wedding cake in front of reporters. “I wish he were here,” she added, looking at her groom, with whom she only had a little bit of togetherness after the wedding.

The couple met during Assange’s years of embassy asylum in the Ecuadorian representation in London between 2012 and 2019 – the two have two children. According to supporters, only four guests and two witnesses were allowed at the civil wedding.

Assange and Moris’ long-planned nuptials have been overshadowed by the Supreme Court’s rejection of an appeal against the Australian’s extradition to the United States. The Supreme Court dismissed an appeal last week as inadmissible. The decision now rests with Home Secretary Priti Patel. The US judiciary wants to put Assange on trial for allegations of espionage. The 50-year-old faces up to 175 years in prison if convicted.