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U.K. court sentences Julian Assange to 50 weeks in prison

Assange makes a peace sign at the camera in this image.
Julian Assange arrives at Westminster Magistrates court on April 11, 2019 in London. Photo: Jack Taylor/Getty Images

WikiLeaks' Julian Assange was sentenced to 50 weeks in jail by a U.K. court on Wednesday for skipping bail by seeking asylum in London's Ecuadorian Embassy in 2012, the BBC reports.

What’s next: Assange will begin extradition hearings tomorrow, as U.K. authorities must decide whether to send him to the U.S. to face hacking charges that carry a maximum of five years in prison.

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