Press Association, guardian.co.uk, Friday 16 December 2011 13.58 GMT
The supreme court says the WikiLeaks founder’s appeal raises questions of general public importance on extradition law
The highest court in the land has granted permission for Julian Assange to appeal against his extradition to Sweden, where he faces sex crime allegations.
The supreme court said it would hear the appeal because the WikiLeaks founder’s case raised a question on extradition law “of general public importance”.
The two-day hearing will begin on 1 February, the court said.
The appeal will be heard by a panel of seven of the 12 supreme court justices “given the great public importance of the issue raised, which is whether a prosecutor is a judicial authority”, a supreme court spokesman said.
He went on: “The supreme court has today considered an application by Julian Assange for permission to appeal to the court, following the divisional court’s certification of a point of law of general public importance.
“A panel of three supreme court justices – Lord Hope, Lord Mance and Lord Dyson – has considered the written submissions of the parties; this is the court’s usual practice for considering applications for permission to appeal.
“The supreme court has granted permission to appeal and a hearing has been scheduled for two days, beginning on 1 February 2012.”