UK Denies Assange's Extradition Appeal

WikiLeaks founder likely headed to Sweden within 10 days
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 2, 2011 7:05 AM CDT
Julian Assange Loses Extradition Appeal, Will Face Sex Assault Charges in Sweden
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange arrives at London's High Court on November 2, 2011. Assange lost his appeal to block his extradition to Sweden.   (Getty Images)

Julian Assange is likely headed to Sweden after a British court today rejected his claim that extraditing him to face sex assault charges there would be "unfair and unlawful." Charges of rape and sexual coercion, stemming from alleged incidents last August, await the WikiLeaks founder in Sweden. "There can be no doubt that if what Mr. Assange had done had been done in England and Wales, he would have been charged," read the ruling, rejecting Assange's claim that his actions would not have been considered criminal in the UK.

Supporters crowded outside the London courthouse, notes the Telegraph, carrying signs that echoed Assange's own claim that the charges were politically motivated. Assange's remaining hope of avoiding extradition is an appeal to the country's highest court, notes the AP, an avenue a legal expert says Assange can take only if today's ruling involves an issue of "real legal significance." Barring that, Assange will likely be extradited within 10 days. (More Julian Assange stories.)

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