Friday, March 4, 2011

Assange's lawyers appealing his extradition to Sweden

Lawyers for the founder of the website Wikileaks, Julian Assange, have appealed to the High Court in London the decision of a court to authorize his extradition to Sweden, which he claims for alleged sexual offenses. On Thursday, a lower court in London approved the release of the director of portal to the Swedish authorities to argue that Assange have a fair trial in the Scandinavian country.

The Swedish prosecutor accuses the director of Wikileaks three counts of sexual assault and one of rape following a complaint by two women who claimed that the incident occurred in August 2010. Judicial sources have confirmed that the defense has presented papers Assange to appeal to the High Court against the ruling, although no date has been set to hold a hearing.

Assange, whose Web site showed thousands of Americans confidential information, was arrested in London last December after they received the order for extradition of the Swedish Prosecution. At the last hearing on February 24, Judge Howard Riddle dismissed the defense arguments wielded by stating that there was no reason to believe that Assange, 39, would not be tried fairly in Sweden or to fear a be delivered to the U.S.

to be prosecuted for treason. The judge said then that the Swedish judicial system is strong enough to consider that the director of WikiLeaks will face a fair trial. In announcing its decision, Riddle also noted that the statements of two women who filed complaints against Assangre showed that there was no consent in the sexual relationship and stated that in the UK would also be considered violation of these allegations.

One of the legal requirements in this country to give green light to a European arrest warrant and surrender is that British domestic legislation to match the offense for which extradition is requested of the defendant. The same judge also rejected the argument that Australia's human rights would be threatened if it were processed in the Swedish judicial system.

For its part, the very Assange harshly criticized the European extradition system and said he always knew that his lawyers would have to appeal to a appearance before the media shortly after learning of the decision of the judge of Belmarsh Magistrates Court (south of London .) The founder of Web site noted that "95% of European arrest warrants out on" and lashed out harshly against the functioning of the European extradition.

Assange used the occasion to signal to be subjected to a rigorous examination of justice system of member countries of the European Union and denied some statements that had actually been put into his mouth by which he presumably would have involved the CIA or the Pentagon the first U.S.

accusations that he was subjected.

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