United Nations Torture Official To Visit Julian Assange In Jail
A United Nations official is to visit WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to assess his treatment in the high-security prison where he is being held.
Professor Nils Melzer, the UN's Special Rapporteur on Torture, is scheduled to arrive at Belmarsh Prison in south London on Thursday, followed by meetings with relevant authorities.
UN human rights experts have already voiced concern about the "disproportionate" sentence given to Assange, as well as his detention in the high-security prison.
The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention said it was "deeply concerned" about the "disproportionate" sentence imposed on Assange for a bail violation.
He spent nearly seven years living in the Ecuadorian embassy in London before being dragged out last month.
He is now wanted for questioning in the United States over the activities of WikiLeaks.
Assange was visited on Tuesday by American actress Pamela Anderson.