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Aston and Gordon report: "WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has failed in his bid to reopen his appeal against extradition to Sweden where he faces sex crime allegations."

Julian Assange has 14 days to appeal deportation order to Sweden. (photo: Getty Images)
Julian Assange has 14 days to appeal deportation order to Sweden. (photo: Getty Images)

Julian Assange Loses Appeal Against Extradition to Sweden

By John Aston and Cathy Gordon, The Independent UK

15 June 12


ikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has failed in his bid to reopen his appeal against extradition to Sweden where he faces sex crime allegations.

The announcement was made today by the Supreme Court.

It is understood that Assange's legal team now has 14 days to apply to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg to hear his case.

Dinah Rose QC, appearing for Assange, applied to the Supreme Court justices for permission to make further submissions, but they unanimously dismissed the application, saying it was "without merit".

On May 30, the Supreme Court ruled by a 5-2 majority that Assange's extradition was lawful and could go ahead.

The Swedish authorities want Assange, 40, to answer accusations of raping one woman and sexually molesting and coercing another in Stockholm in August 2010 while on a visit to give a lecture.

Assange, whose WikiLeaks website has published a mass of leaked diplomatic cables that embarrassed several governments and international businesses, claims the sex was consensual and that the allegations against him are politically motivated.

The majority of Supreme Court justices rejected his argument that the European arrest warrant (EAW) issued against him by Sweden was "invalid and unenforceable".

Assange's lawyers now have until June 28 to ask Strasbourg to consider his case on the basis that he has not had a fair hearing from the UK courts.

It will then be for the European Court to decide whether or not to postpone extradition while another hearing goes ahead

The court has the power to issue a direction to the UK Government that he should not be surrendered to Sweden if it decides to consider his claim.

Fair Trials International chief executive Jago Russell said: "Today's decision takes Julian Assange one step closer to being extradited to Sweden.

"Although Sweden is rightly proud of its justice system, its over-use of pre-trial detention means that, if extradited, he is likely to be imprisoned and placed under extremely restrictive conditions." your social media marketing partner


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+21 # Michael_K 2012-06-15 17:05
It's unconscionable that these European Union Extradition Warrants from Sweden aren't even signed by a Judge or Magistrate, but issued by a politically-mot ivated prosecutor.. In a country where prosecutorial misconduct is almost as rampant as in the US, this cannot be allowed to stand by the European Court.

Hopefully, he will win at the European level, as opposed to the UK, where there are nothing but Uncle Scam's lap-poodles.
+4 # John Locke 2012-06-16 07:53
Michael_K: I agree with you, but keep in mind this is a political prosecution at the behist of the US. This corrupt government (the US) will end Julian Assanges exposure of documents that are a condemnation of our government, it is sad but, I would not be surprised if Mr. Assange happens to have some accident or to develope a terminal short duration disease when he is finally extradicted to sweedon. (and he will be) Sweedon is another lacky of the US corrupt political system. The World legal systems are all corrupt and they are by nature pro government, when one is caught up in a political prosecution there is no way out unless masses of the people take him out of the system...the masses are not yet ready to do that!
+4 # noitall 2012-06-15 22:33
This is such a text book, vindictive, railroading of someone who puts himself out there for justice and in the process briefly shines a light on the guilty. When the powerful see a threat, they pull out the 'sex weapon', the weapon that people hear and immediately assume guilt and put the true guilt out of their mind. Sickening and obvious.
+2 # Exposé 2012-06-16 02:49
Jails in the U$A constitute both cruel and unusual punishment.
+1 # Exposé 2012-06-16 03:43
And which nation, with spies in U$ jails that 'won' running most of the U$A's sensitive I.T. systems, is conspicuous by its absence in said Wikileaks 250,000 documents?

The idea of building a fence around America TO KEEP Americans IN - used to be a joke.

Welcome to the gulag, comrades?
+2 # Exposé 2012-06-16 04:34
The U$A's criminal justice system is both cruel and unusual punishment.
+4 # RMDC 2012-06-16 06:16
All of this gives the expression "long arms of the law" new and scarier meanings.

Why could the Swedish prosecutor just interview Assange in the UK? He has always been willing to do that. The only reason for a trip to Sweden is that the US can get him there.

I thought the European Union had an agreement not to extradite anyone to a country that had the death penalty. It is possible that the US would charge Assange as an "enemy combatant" or under the Espionage Act and try to get a death sentence. That would be just like Obama and Holder.

If Assange is extradited to the US we should turn out in massive protests and flood the runways so that his plane cannot land. Better yet, take the Swedish embassy and hold hostages until Assange is returned to the UK. You just can't play fair with fascists like the USG. Once they get their talons into you, it is all over. They use the "law" when it suits them, and when it does not, they break the law and use guns or torture or disappearance.
+3 # midtwnscott 2012-06-16 09:12
Julian Assange is a dead man the second he is extradited to Sweden. The fascists Obama and Holder are salivated on the thought of getting him away from the protection he has in the UK.

Even if he wins at the European Court, the despicable U.S. government will send the CIA thugs to kidnap him and haul him back for execution. The information WikiLeaks provide was a breath of fresh for us here in the U.S., to bad it's been ended by a pathetic excuse for a president that we currently have.
0 # RobertMStahl 2012-06-16 10:54
Why is the source, the attackees, kept in the dark? The supposed victims are, or never really have been, part of this covert effort that is spiraling in the wrong direction, or are they? Who would know how to defend something, anything, intended from the start without modification of this dragging on variety? What a drag. The only one pressing charges is you, dear US taxpayer.
+1 # jwb110 2012-06-16 11:47
Assange is being railroaded and it puts everyone in jeopardy. Sweden has a very large and influential neo-Nazi Party. That should all give us pause about the motive for extradition. If this is an International incident let the World Court in the Hague make a decision.
There is also a chance that Assange might drop an even bigger news bomb should it appear he is being deprived of his international civil rights. Sweden and the UK could end up going the way of the US and being egg faced may be all they get out of this.
We can only hope.
+2 # alanvance 2012-06-16 12:32
The news that a majority of judges on Britain's highest court have twisted the law in service to the Obama administration recalled for me the gentle treatment given some of the Americans who broadcast Nazi propaganda from Radio Berlin during the Second World War. The names of Donald Day and Edward Delaney stand out. Day had been the Chicago Tribune's Baltic correspondent from the late 1920s through the early 1940s, an industrious fabricator of anti-Soviet propaganda for the Trib. Delaney had worked in show business as a silent film actor and agent. Both were paid very well for presenting themselves on Nazi radio as the representatives of a rational American point of view at the bottom of which was an unquenchable hatred of communism. The war ended, and both were briefly held by the American authorities. A treason indictment and trial would seem assured. But J. Edgar Hoover intervened for Delaney and the Justice Department said it was not interested in Day. Both eventually returned to the United States, were published in newspapers, were befriended by anti-New Deal politicians, and hosted radio programs. Both had given aid and comfort to the enemy for pay. Assange has no duty to the United States, therefore cannot be a traitor. He has given the American people, through the media of an ungrateful press, a transparent record of governmental perfidy. What will become of him? Where is the justice?

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