Julian Assange has suffered a stroke at Bellmarsh Prison in the United Kingdom. His fiance Stella Morris made the remarks on Saturday night. Assange is being held in a high-security prison in London during a legal battle to extradite him to the United States. Stella claimed that her stroke caused problems with her right eyelid, as well as memory problems and nervous damage. This was reported by The Mail in the United Kingdom.
Assange believes that the small stroke was caused by the pressure of the ongoing US court action against him. The incident happened last October while attending a high court hearing via video link from Belmarsh Prison. Assange’s fiance Stella said Assange was at risk of a new stroke. He had an MRI scan after the stroke. Now he is taking anti-stroke drugs.
“The problem needs to be addressed urgently,” said Stella Morris. His condition is like that of an animal trapped in a zoo. This is what is happening with Julian. It’s creating emotional problems for him. ”
Stellar complained that Assange was kept in the room for long periods of time, with no air, no sunlight, adequate food and the necessary stimulation.
The UK High Court has ruled against Assange in a US espionage case, a major blow to him. Assange’s lawyers successfully argued that he would be held in the United States in a situation that could pose a serious risk of suicide. Assange suffered a heart attack last October, according to Stella.
A ‘transient ischaemic attack’ – the interruption of the blood supply to the brain – can be a warning sign of a full stroke. Assange has since had an MRI scan and is now taking anti-stroke medication.
Ms Moris, 38, a lawyer, said: ‘Julian is struggling and I fear this mini-stroke could be the precursor to a more major attack. It compounds our fears about his ability to survive the longer this long legal battle goes on.
She said he was kept in his cell for long periods and was ‘short of fresh air and sunlight, an adequate diet and the stimulus he needs’. Assange faced a major legal setback on Friday when the High Court overturned a judgment made this year preventing extradition to the US to face charges under the US Espionage Act.
His lawyers successfully argued he would be kept in conditions in the US that could lead to a serious risk of suicide. The High Court reversed the earlier ruling after the US government offered assurances about his potential imprisonment. His lawyers have previously raised concerns about the effects of his lengthy incarceration on his physical and mental health in a bid to halt the extradition. Assange spent seven years in Ecuador’s London embassy until 2019 after jumping bail in connection with sexual assault allegations in Sweden. He was then jailed for 50 weeks for breaching bail in that case, which was later dropped, but detained ever since on the grounds he was a flight risk.