Further to another question asked on these boards:
Julian Assange was sentenced to 50 weeks for jumping bail on 1 May 2019
Presumably, his jail term began immediately upon sentencing, in which case he finished serving his sentence 68+ weeks ago.
He was held for several months pending extradition hearings, which itself does not make complete sense: presumably, the extradition hearings should have been conducted while he was serving the actual sentence.
Why is he still being held in Belmarsh?
Larger question However, my understanding is that if a judge finds someone guilty then they go to jail right away. And they have to file appeals while serving their sentence. Is the converse not true, i.e. if the judge finds someone not guilty and the government appeals, then doesn't the person contest the appeal as a free person?
1 Of her 24 previous extradition hearings, Vanessa Baraitser ordered extradition in 23.
2 Vanessa Baraitser is overseen by Emma Arbuthnot who has refused to formally recuse herself despite family connections to people cited for criminal activities in documents published by WikiLeaks.