WikiLeaks' Julian Assange to be extradited to Sweden following sex crime allegations

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assange-thumb.JPGWikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will be extradited to Sweden after losing his latest appeal in the ongoing case relating to his alleged sex crimes.

Accused of rape and sexual assault by two former volunteers, the whistle-blowing website’s figurehead’s appeal had argued that the European Arrest Warrant issued for him was invalid because it was made by prosecutors rather than a judge. However, the Supreme Court has today rejected that claim.

And yet, another twist in the case means that a technicality could see Assange once again avoid extradition. Assange may take his case to the European Court of Human Rights, as today’s decision was made based on a point not raised during the hearing.

For the time being, Assange remains on bail at mansion in Norfolk in the UK, required to wear an electronic ankle tag and report to police every day. He has been there since December 2010, following his initial arrest.

Gerald Lynch