There are new calls from Australia to release Julian Assange from prison over Covid-19 fears. Two MPs, supported on Twitter by the whistleblower’s mother, sent letters to UK authorities calling for his release to home detention.

Australian MPs Andrew Wilkie and George Christensen, co-chairs of the Bring Julian Assange Home Parliamentary Group, wrote to UK Commons Justice Committee Chair Bob Neill MP and Secretary of State for Justice Robert Buckland MP calling for “urgent” consideration of Assange’s case in light of the fact that Covid-19 is “rapidly spreading” in British prisons.

Assange’s release is important as he would be a “high risk” patient if he contracted the virus given that he has a pre-existing chronic lung condition, they said. The first death due to Covid-19 at Belmarsh Prison, where Assange is being held, was reported on Tuesday.

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It was a “reasonable request” by Assange’s lawyers that he could be “put into monitored home detention” with a “24-hour ankle monitor” instead, they suggested.

The letters were retweeted by the whistleblower’s mother Christine, who wrote that it was an effort to “save his life.” They were “great sample letters for supporters” to send, she added.

The two MPs also noted that Assange “fits all of the grounds” for early release according to organizations like the World Health Organization, the United Nations and the UK Prison Officers Association. (RT)