Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks, has lost a high court appeal extradition to Sweden to face rape charge allegations. Lord Justice Thomas and Mr. Justice Ouseley handed down the decision for Assange’s appeal against a European arrest warrant that was issued by prosecutors in Sweden. Two Swedish women filed rape and sexual assault charges against Assange during his visit to Stockholm in August 2010.
The judges dismissed arguments that the warrant was invalid and the descriptions of the rape and sexual charges was unfair and inaccurate. Assange’s lawyers said that it would take about 14 days to decide whether they plan to appeal to the supreme court. His lawyers are also challenging a £19,000 cost against him.
Assange urged people to go to a website for his support. “No doubt there will be many attempts made to try to spin these proceedings as they occurred today but they were merely technical. So please go to swedenversusassange.com if you wish to know what is really going on in this case,” said Assange.
If Assange is denied the right to appeal, then British law enforcement offices will have to arrange for him to be sent to Sweden within 10 days.
Julian Assange is an Australian publisher, journalist, and Internet activist. WikiLeaks is a whistleblower website for worldwide news leaks with a purpose of creating open governments. WikiLeaks has published material about extrajudicial killings in Kenya, Church of Scientology manuals, Guantanamo Bay procedures, Iraq War documents and Afghan War documents.