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British court agrees to extradite Wikileaks founder Assange to Sweden

Thursday, February 24th 2011 - 16:44 UTC
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Assange is requested by Sweden because of alleged sexual misconduct  Assange is requested by Sweden because of alleged sexual misconduct

A British court has agreed to extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to Sweden where he is accused of sex crimes, dismissing claims such a move would breach his human rights.

Assange spoke briefly after the announcement was made known, saying that he “has not even been charged” as of yet.

Swedish prosecutors want to question Assange about allegations of sexual misconduct, which he denies, made by two WikiLeaks volunteers during his time in Sweden last August.

One alleges Assange, who has angered the US government by releasing thousands of secret US diplomatic cables on his website, sexually molested her by ignoring her request for him to use a condom during sex.

The second woman has said Assange had sex with her while she was asleep and that he was not wearing a condom.

Prosecutors say the second allegation falls into the least severe of three categories of rape in Sweden, carrying a maximum of four years in jail.

During three days of legal argument earlier this month, lawyers for Assange argued he would not get a fair trial in Sweden and said Swedish prosecutors had mishandled the case against the 39-year-old Australian computer expert.

They argued that he might wind up being sent to the United States where he could face execution.

Assange's lawyers also accused Sweden's Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt of creating a “toxic atmosphere” in Sweden and damaging his chances of a fair trial by portraying him as “public enemy number one.”

However, Judge Howard Riddle dismissed the arguments and ordered Assange be extradited although his lawyer said they would appeal against the decision

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  • Rhaurie-Craughwell

    Good riddance of this nasty little cowardly man....maybe he take his bumchums Jemina Khan and John Pilger with him god knows the 3 stooges and their followers have made idiots of themselves on this one :)

    If he is apparently innocent....then he should have no issue going to Sweden to face those charges in a court of law.

    Love the horrendus bloopers his legal team made.

    “Secret Trial”: Rape or sex crime trials are heard in secret in Sweden mainly for the benefit of the alleged victim, and the accused (So no trial by Jury).

    ”Sent to the US': As many commentators have pointed out, Sweden does not have an extradition treaty with the US, whereas the UK don't know how his legal team made that fact he would probably be safer from extradition over there lol :)

    The coup de grace: “Executed or sent to Guantanamo Bay”- He should have fired them at this point (Where the Socialist Students his legal team per chance?) The Army Intelligence Officer he originally leaked the information to him is only facing a possible 52 years and in Jail...on the US mainland.

    There is no charge in the US which states that you can be executed or imprisoned for publicly disseminating what is by this point 3rd party material. :)

    Conclusion...there is no reasonable excuse why Assange shouldn't face down his accusers face to face in a court of law....unless he's just shit scared!

    Feb 24th, 2011 - 07:26 pm 0
  • xbarilox

    Swedish will judge this man for having sex with a woman lol Nice excuse USA, and one day Assange will be “suicided” by the USA government :)

    “She was asleep” now that's a heavy sleeper haha

    Feb 24th, 2011 - 08:20 pm 0
  • zethe

    “Swedish will judge this man for having sex with a woman lol”

    The man is accused of rape. Any person who is accused of a crime like rape should go on trial.

    Feb 24th, 2011 - 09:47 pm 0
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