Assange to be Extradited
November 2, 2011 § Leave a comment
Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange, today lost his battle to be extradited to Sweden over allegations of rape and sexual assault, the BBC announced.
Swedish authorities want to question Mr. Assange over the alleged rape of one woman and the molestation of another in Stockholm in August of last year.
Two High Court judges decided that a previous ruling, made in February, in favour of extradition must be upheld. The judge’s also rejected Mr. Assange’s claims that his extradition is ‘unfair.’
Mr. Assange’s lawyers have said they will appeal the decision in the Supreme Court, but they must first get permission from the High Court to do so.
Mr. Assange argues that the the allegations made against him are politically motivated due his Wikileaks releases, which caused embarrassment for many governments and international businesses.
Speaking outside the High Court, Mr. Assange said that:
“I have not been charged with any crime in any country.”
For the past year, the 40-year-old Australian has been living under house arrest at the home of former Army captain, Vaughan Smith in Norfolk.
In an article in the London Evening Standard yesterday, Mr. Smith said that Mr. Assange had become like an ‘uncle’ to the family.
“He’s not the perfect person, but then no one is. Julian has very much fitted into our family. My children are very fond of him. He’s an uncle-like figure and he’s a generous person.”
Mr. Assange’s lawyers have 14 days to appeal the decision.