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Julian Assange

Question for Ministry of Justice

UIN 208512, tabled on 8 September 2014

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will list (a) how much and (b) what proportion of the surety offered by each individual to secure bail for Julian Assange has been collected.

Answered on

14 October 2014

The sums ordered by the court to be paid by those who stood surety for bail on behalf of Julian Assange have been paid in full.

It should be noted that judicial discretion allows a judge to order a reduced value to be forfeited and that judicial discretion was exercised in this case. The rationale used by the judge when exercising his discretion to order a lower value for payment was set out in full in the judgement.

The value of sureties offered to secure the bail of Mr Assange, the values ordered by the judge to be paid and the values collected after Mr Assange failed to appear in accordance with the conditions of his bail are shown below:

Individual

Surety entered into

Value ordered for payment

Value collected

Value collected as a proportion of the value ordered for payment

Tricia David

£20,000

£10,000

£10,000

100%

Caroline Evans

£20,000

£15,000

£15,000

100%

Joseph Farrell

£5,000

£3,500

£3,500

100%

Sarah Harrison

£5,000

£3,500

£3,500

100%

Phillip Knightley

£20,000

£15,000

£15,000

100%

Sarah Saunders

£20,000

£12,000

£12,000

100%

Vaughan Smith

£20,000

£12,000

£12,000

100%

John Sulston

£20,000

£15,000

£15,000

100%

Tracy Worcester

£10,000

£7,500

£7,500

100%

Total

£140,000

£93,500

£93,500

100%

HMCTS has robust processes in place to ensure court ordered forfeitures are collected in full. .