WikiLeaks founder Assange due in UK court today

11 Jan 2011

Founder of whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, is due in court in the UK today as he faces possible extradition to Sweden where he is wanted for questioning in relation to sex crimes.

Lawyers for Assange are hoping to avoid extradition.

The hearing begins at 10am but it is unlikely a full extradition hearing will be held before February.

A spokesman for the courts said the hearing is to ensure the real issues of the case are identified and that preparations are continuing in a timely fashion.

Assange was taken into custody last month after Sweden issued a European-wide warrant for his arrest. He was subsequently released on bail on strict conditions and the payment of £200,000. Supporters for Assange raised the required funds.

Swedish authorities wish to question him over allegations made by two former WikiLeaks volunteers.

The 39-year-old journalist’s investigative work on his website has angered the US after hundreds of thousands of secret diplomatic cables were published.

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