Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Julian Assange Loses Extradition Appeal

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange can be extradited to Sweden to face sex crime allegations, the Supreme Court has ruled.

Seven Supreme Court judges gave their judgment in a move that ends a marathon battle in the UK courts.

Lawyers for the WikiLeaks boss had argued that the European arrest warrant issued against him is "invalid and unenforceable".

The Swedish authorities want Assange, 40, to answer accusations of raping one woman and sexually molesting and coercing another in Stockholm in August 2010.

Assange, whose website has published a mass of diplomatic cables that have embarrassed several governments, insists the sex was consensual and that the allegations against him are politically motivated.

In November 2011, the High Court upheld a ruling that the Australian computer expert should be extradited to face investigation. Read More