Thursday, July 26, 2012

Garzon to insist on fair trial for Assange

Prominent Spanish lawyer Baltasar Garzon, who is to head the legal defence of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, says he will insist on a fair trial for his client.

The judicial investigation into Assange's activities was "a kind of persecution" for his role as founder of WikiLeaks and for revealing political wrongdoing through the whistleblowing website, Garzon said in the southern Spanish city of Torres on Wednesday.

The allegations and investigations against Assange in countries like Sweden were "inconsistent", and there was "something else" behind them, the lawyer said.

"We intend to demonstrate that (Assange) is not getting the right to a fair defence, presumption of innocence and a trial with all the guarantees," Garzon said. Read More