Supporters of Julian Assange have launched an legal bid to recover the £140,000 cash they put up in bail money which was forefeit when the WikiLeaks founder sought asylum in the Ecuadorean embassy.
The group – which includes two members of the British aristocracy, a Nobel Prize winner and an academic – told a court they were \”wholly blameless\” in the saga, and had \”worked assiduously\” to help Assange comply with court orders.
Excellent, you worked hard to try and get him to obey the law.
Good for you.
But that ain\’t what bail sureties are about. For you\’re not a bounty hunter.
What the guarantees are about is that the Government, or the court, doesn\’t really know how honest the bloke in front of them is. Could be a man of unblemished character falsely accused. So we look around to see if other people trust him. If they do, then great, they can show their faith in his good character by providing those financial guarantees. The court then takes that other people have faith, demonstrated by that financial commitment, as being evidence that he is of good character and will turn up for trial.
If you get that estimation of character wrong well, tough luck.