WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is to be extradited to Sweden, facing allegations of sexual assault, a UK judge has ruled.
The public face of the political whistle-blowing website has faced a controversial exile in Britain for the past few months following the allegations, which many of his supporters are claiming is a smear campaign to discredit the revealing website.
However, the judgement passed this morning at Belmarsh Magistrates Court in south London now means that Assange will have to return to Sweden to face the sexual assualt charges.
Assange’s lawyer Geoffrey Robertson QC has claimed any return to Sweden will not see his client face a fair trial, stating that many rape cases are “tried in secret behind closed doors in a flagrant denial of justice”.
The news also means that Assange could eventually face a further extradition to the United States where he faces seperate charges concerning WikiLeaks, which in extreme circumstances could lead to the death penalty.
More news as we get it.