Assange extradition hearing ends

A court hearing to determine whether Britain will extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to Sweden ended Friday.

Assange has not been charged with a crime, but Swedish prosecutors want to question him in connection with sexual misconduct allegations related to separate incidents in August. Assange denies the accusations, and his attorneys are fighting his extradition on procedural and human-rights grounds.

Judge Howard Riddle said he hopes to announce his decision on February 24.

Assange’s attorney, Geoffrey Robertson, has argued that Assange would not receive a fair trial in Sweden. They argue that Swedish prosecutors have improperly leaked details of the case.

Robertson said remarks attributed to Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt have created a “toxic atmosphere” for Assange, who he said is viewed as “public enemy number one” in Sweden. The prime minister suggested that Assange believed women’s rights were worthless, Robertson said in court.

The judge said he would consider the prime minister’s remarks in his deliberations. He spent two and a half days this week hearing the extradition request.

Assange’s website, WikiLeaks, has published tens of thousands of once-secret U.S. documents on subjects ranging from the war in Afghanistan to the inner workings of U.S. diplomacy.

Assange’s lawyers have raised the possibility that Sweden would hand over Assange to the United States if Britain extradites him to Sweden. Prosecutor Clare Montgomery, representing Sweden, has dismissed that claim.


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2 thoughts on “Assange extradition hearing ends

  1. I think probably RT News Censored Julian Assange’s speech, because here the reporter was speaking continuously, as if wanting to overwhelm Julian’s speech. I could not hear all of his speech, only a fragment of it. Where can I find the whole speech?
    A suggestion: have someone independent to put the full video of the speech after leaving the cort online.

    The absence of recordings of speech from those two women who are accusing Julian Assange of sexual crime can be explained by the fact that they need time to practice the art of pretending in order to show something that would affect people, such as crying in public or such.

    I think it has been shown clearly that Julian Assange is not extraditable. Why the 2 weeks are needed? I wonder is it possible to demand the court to explain why they need 2 weeks by giving the cort a deadline?

    In the following two weeks, the supporters of Julian Assange might lose some zeal, whereas the prosecutors and others who are paid for their jobs are destined to keep concentrated on this case.

  2. It is likely that people prosecuting Julian Assange in their long lives had made many mistakes and misconducts. So, yet another way how society could support Julian Assange, is by leaking to him directly and publicly the incriminating details about those prosecutors, if they had suffered from the misconducts, even if they happened long time ago, and let their testimonies be recorded.

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