Julian Assange appears at Westminster Magistrates’ Court following earlier arrest

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Update: Julian Assange has pleaded not guilty to a charge at Westminster Magistrates’ Court that he failed to surrender to custody as required for an extradition order to Sweden.

Julian Assange arrives at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London today.

Update: Julian Assange appears at Westminster Magistrates’ Court following earlier arrest

Julian Assange has appeared in the dock at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in front of District Judge Michael Snow following his earlier arrest at the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

A packed public gallery and a full press bench watched as he walked into court wearing a black suit and polo shirt.

With grey hair tied into a ponytail and long beard, Assange saluted the public gallery before giving a thumbs up.

Members of the public were warned they would be in contempt of court if they recorded proceedings.

Assange sat calmly reading a Gore Vidal book as he waited for his lawyers to arrive in court.

Outside the court, five pro-Assange lawyers arrived carrying signs reading “Hands Off Assange” and “Free Press, Free Assange” ahead of Julian Assange’s court appearance.

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