Julian Assange Extradition
November 2, 2011 by staff
Julian Assange Extradition, The founder of Wikileaks, Julian Assange, lost his appeal against extradition to Sweden to respond to allegations of sex crimes, but said the night was to consider the possibility of prolonged struggle at the highest court in Britain.
Superior Court of appeal judges John Thomas and Duncan Ousely Assange rejected claims that it would be unfair and illegal to send him to Scandinavia for questioning about the alleged rape of a woman and sexual abuse of another in Stockholm last year. The 40-year-old has denied any wrongdoing and insists the case is politically motivated by those opposed to the work of spilling his secret organization.
“We will consider next steps in the coming days,” said Assange off the court. It did not seem angry or visibly upset, despite significant judicial setback.
Attorney Mark Summers confirmed that it was unclear whether his client an attempt to appeal to the Supreme Court of Great Britain. His legal team has 14 days to decide whether to apply to the Supreme Court, then you must try to persuade the judges that there is a point of law to justify an appeal to higher court.
This means that Assange will remain in Britain for at least several weeks and could extend his fight against extradition in the next year. At a hearing, appellate judges confirmed that Assange remain free on bail, under house arrest in a friend’s field in southern England.
Legal experts insisted that the odds are stacked against Assange to avoid extradition to Sweden.
“I think it is very likely going to be in Sweden before the end of the year,” said Julian Knowles, an attorney involved in the extradition case.
Vaughan Smith, the owner of the mansion where Assange is living, said his friend’s prospects looked bleak. “It’s not good news,” he told The Associated Press.
Smith said Assange is concerned about the impact on your organization if sent to Sweden, for fear they may be held in jail as contests of the charges against him.
“How can you run a prison WikiLeaks? You can not,” said Smith. “There is good reason for him not to go to Sweden.”
Also unclear is whether Assange has the resources to fund a legal battle continues. In a recent dispute over his autobiography, whose draft was published without his permission, the founder of Wikileaks revealed that he had been with their previous lawyers about the size of his bill and did not have enough money to sue their publishers.
Assange and his supporters say he is not using WikiLeaks funds for his defense.
In its ruling, the appeal judges rejected the key arguments Assange legal team. He said Sweden had the right to issue a warrant for Assange, rejected claims that the alleged offense had been wrongly described, dismissed questions about the process of Sweden for instigating criminal investigations, and ordered that prosecutors had provided in their actions.
“This is obviously a case involving a trivial offense, but for serious sexual offenses,” the judges wrote in his ruling, upholding the original decision of the court in February that Assange should be extradited.
Assange has said that sexual encounters were consensual, and his lawyer, Ben Emmerson, had previously held that the allegations would be considered crimes in England.
The appellate judges said that the apparent inconsistencies in some of the accusations against Assange should not affect his extradition for questioning despite the problems could be valid in any future trial. They cited as an example the fact that a woman who claimed Assange had unprotected sex with her against her will while she slept was later said could have been partially awake.
“These are issues that would be highly relevant evidence in the trial,” the judges wrote. But “not for this Court to determine whether the allegations can fail.”
Assange a step closer to extradition, is an open question whether your site can survive.
WikiLeaks finances are under intense pressure and some of its biggest revelations are in the public domain. Only Assange warned last week that the site was so low on cash losses would have to stop the publication and may close completely in two months, unless funding improves.
Assange also faces possible legal action in the United States, where prosecutors are considering possible criminal charges.
Bradley Manning, the U.S. Armyanlyst suspected of disclosing classified information to WikiLeaks, remains in custody in prison at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas. His case is pending before a military tribunal.
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