Julian Assange To Be Extradited To Sweden

Julian Assange. Photo: Espen Moe (CC)

Julian Assange. Photo: Espen Moe (CC)

Any bets on how long it takes the United States to persuade the Swedes to turn him over to American prosecutors?

Esther Addley and Alexandra Topping report on his extradition to Sweden for the Guardian:

The WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is to be extradited to Sweden to face allegations of rape and sexual assault. Assange will appeal, his legal team has confirmed. If they lose he will be sent to Sweden in 10 days.

Delivering his ruling at a hearing at Belmarsh magistrates court in London, the chief magistrate, Howard Riddle, dismissed each of the defence’s arguments against Assange’s extradition.

Assange’s legal team had argued that the Swedish prosecutor Marianne Ny did not have the authority to issue a European arrest warrant. The magistrate ruled that she did possess this authority and the warrant was valid.

Ny’s credibility had been questioned by the defence team but Riddle said those doubts amounted to “very little”. A retired judge who had criticised her, Brita Sundberg-Weitman, had no firsthand knowledge or evidence to back up her opinion, he said.

The defence had argued that the allegations against Assange were not offences in English law and therefore not grounds for extradition. But Riddle said the alleged offences against Miss A of sexual assault and molestation met the criteria for extradition, and an allegation made by Miss B “would amount to rape” in this country.

In his summary Riddle accused Assange’s Swedish lawyer, Björn Hurtig, of making a deliberate attempt to mislead the court. Assange had clearly attempted to avoid the Swedish justice system before he left the country, Riddle said. “It would be a reasonable assumption from the facts that Mr Assange was deliberately avoiding interrogation before he left Sweden.”

Riddle acknowledged there had been “considerable adverse publicity against Mr Assange in Sweden”, including statements by the prime minister. But if there had been any irregularities in the Swedish system the best place to examine them was in a Swedish trial…

[continues in the Guardian]

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  • Lies

    These rape charges are false. They’re just trying to shut him down in my opinion!

  • Lies

    These rape charges are false. They’re just trying to shut him down in my opinion!

  • Lies

    These rape charges are false. They’re just trying to shut him down in my opinion!

  • http://www.nickmeador.org/ ndmeador

    Yeah it’s pretty much a domino rally at this point. He’ll end up in G-Bay or in a public torture demonstration or something purely Americuhn.

  • http://www.nickmeador.org/ ndmeador

    Yeah it’s pretty much a domino rally at this point. He’ll end up in G-Bay or in a public torture demonstration or something purely Americuhn.

  • Liam_McGonagle

    Yeah, heard about this on the Beeb.

    Totally naive question here: Why can’t they question Assange in Britain? I’m no expert in international law, but I do know that extradition treaties are not a recent innovation. Are Britain and Sweden trying to tell us that there is simply no procedure to allow Swedish authorities to question Assange whilst he is physically in Britain?

    That can’t be true. If that were true, there would never be any way to try anyone ‘in absentia’–which again is not a recent legal innovation.

    I know I know, the deal is to get Assange into custody in Sweden until the U.S. can trump up some charges against him and fly him over to Guantanamo. But I think I do have a legitimate procedural question here.

  • Liam_McGonagle

    Yeah, heard about this on the Beeb.

    Totally naive question here: Why can’t they question Assange in Britain? I’m no expert in international law, but I do know that extradition treaties are not a recent innovation. Are Britain and Sweden trying to tell us that there is simply no procedure to allow Swedish authorities to question Assange whilst he is physically in Britain?

    That can’t be true. If that were true, there would never be any way to try anyone ‘in absentia’–which again is not a recent legal innovation.

    I know I know, the deal is to get Assange into custody in Sweden until the U.S. can trump up some charges against him and fly him over to Guantanamo. But I think I do have a legitimate procedural question here.

  • Scanx0

    While the rape charges are politically motivated – NO DOUBT! They are not false. Assange admits to the charge of non consensual sex he just doesn’t think, like a great many men, that putting your penis into someone in a way or at a time that they do not want you to is rape. There isn’t a court in either Sweden or the UK that would find a case like this before them if the defendant hadn’t pissed off the biggest bully on the planet. Cleverly it looks like the bully has used Mr Assange’s own otherwise admirable tactics against him.

    • Andrew

      I hadn’t heard that Assange admitted to “non-consensual sex.” Could you link to a source?

  • Scanx0

    While the rape charges are politically motivated – NO DOUBT! They are not false. Assange admits to the charge of non consensual sex he just doesn’t think, like a great many men, that putting your penis into someone in a way or at a time that they do not want you to is rape. There isn’t a court in either Sweden or the UK that would find a case like this before them if the defendant hadn’t pissed off the biggest bully on the planet. Cleverly it looks like the bully has used Mr Assange’s own otherwise admirable tactics against him.

  • Andrew

    I hadn’t heard that Assange admitted to “non-consensual sex.” Could you link to a source?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XUSDOPPZG6G45VGDOP7IPVV5AI Lili Lin
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