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Julian Assange arrives at court where he faces a year in jail for breaching bail

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange held up a fist in an apparent gesture of defiance as he arrived at court today where he is facing up to a year in jail for breaching his bail.

The Australian 47-year-old arrived for sentencing at Southwark Crown Court on Wednesday morning.

He was found guilty of breaching the Bail Act at a hearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court earlier this month after being arrested at the Ecuadorian Embassy.

Assange was accused of sexual offences in Sweden in 2010, and after exhausting his legal options against an extradition order, went to the Ecuadorian Embassy on June 19 2012.

Assange is facing up to a year in jail after being found guilty of breaching the Bail Act (AFP/Getty Images)

A warrant for his arrest was issued 10 days later.

At the hearing on April 11 District Judge Michael Snow remanded Assange in custody and branded him a “narcissist who cannot get beyond his own selfish interests”.

Julian Assange arrives at court (AFP/Getty Images)

The judge said: “This is a case which merits the maximum sentence, which is 12 months in the Crown Court.”

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