Wikileaks founder Julian Assange loses extradition appeal

julianassange Wikileaks founder Julian Assange loses extradition appeal

Julian Assange, founder of  whistleblowing website Wikileaks, has lost his appeal against extradition to Sweden, where he faces charges of alleged rape and sexual molestation.

Julian Assange, founder of  whistleblowing website Wikileaks, has lost his appeal against extradition to Sweden, where he faces charges of alleged rape and sexual molestation.

 
The UK's Supreme Court made the verdict today by a majority of 5 to 2, denying further requests for submissions by Assange's legal team, leaving the Swedish whistleblower one step closer to a possible prison sentence.
 
The court rejected his claims that the European Arrest Warrant used by Swedish authorities was invalid and unenforceable, a view likely to be echoed by European courts.
 
julianassange Wikileaks founder Julian Assange loses extradition appeal
 
Assange's lawyers have 14 days to file an appeal with the European Court of Human Rights, a last-ditch effort to prevent his extradition, where his team will claim he has not had a fair hearing in the UK.
 
The 40-year-old faces allegations that he raped one woman and sexually molested another. He denies the accusations, labelling them as an attempt to subdue him for his part in orchestrating some of the world's largest leaks of classified government and military documents and cables ever.
 
If extradited to Sweden he will face detention before a trial begins.
 
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