By Hillary Busis
Updated August 03, 2020 at 05:24 PM EDT
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Ecuador may help Julian Assange escape prosecution — but it can’t help Michael Moore, director Ken Loach, and writer Jemima Khan get back the thousands they put up for the WikiLeaks founder’s bail. The Guardian writes that £200,000 (around $318,300) paid to the Westminster magistrates court on Assange’s behalf was forfeited at a hearing in July.

Moore, Loach, Khan, and publisher Felix Dennis are believed to be among the high-profile names who contributed money for Assange’s bail. Information about the lost bail money was revealed Tuesday, when the court held a hearing to determine whether nine other backers would also lose their bail cash; ultimately, that hearing was adjourned until Oct. 3.

Assange, who is wanted for questioning about two incidents of sexual misconduct in Sweden, skipped bail in June. He has since taken refuge in Ecuador’s London embassy.

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