Assange loses case – to be extradited to Sweden

24 Feb 2011

WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange has lost his UK court case and will be extradited to Sweden to face rape and sexual assault allegations. He has seven days to appeal or face extradition.

Assange, whose WikiLeaks site published diplomatic cables that infuriated the US Government and many other States around the world in terms of the progress of the war in Afghanistan, is accused of rape in Sweden.

The WikiLeaks editor has vehemently denied the allegations and his supporters believe it is all part of a strategy to have him extradited to the US.

The judge dismissed the defence’s arguments of abuse of process and their claims that the charges are not offences under English law.

The judge said that Swedish prosecutor Marianne Ny does in fact have the authority to issue a European arrest warrant and that the warrant is valid.

Assange has seven days to appeal.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years