Julian Assange Court Decision – live update

10.53am: The judge says the Swedish prosecutor, Marianne Ny, does have the authority to issue a European arrest warrant and that the warrant is valid.

Esther Addley tweets:

Judge has dismissed all defence arguments so far #assangeless than a minute ago via txt esther addley
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He also adds that the defence’s attack on Ny’s credibility “amounts to very little” and that the retired judge who criticised her had no first hand knowledge, no evidence as to source of her opinion.

10.50am: The summary now addresses claims from the defence that Assange would face a negative climate in Sweden. He says there has been “considerable adverse publicity against Mr Assange in Sweden” including from the prime minister.

10.45am: The judge’s summary is onto attempts by the Swedish prosecutor to contact Assange before he left the country.

• Assange’s Swedish lawyer, Björn Hurtig, made a deliberate attempt to mislead this court, the judge says. He terms him an unreliable witness on attempts by the Swedish prosecutor to contact his client.

• Of Assange, he says: “It would be a reasonable assumption from the facts that Mr Assange was deliberately avoiding interrogation before he left Sweden.”

10.37am: The judge says that both parties have submitted more material in the last few days, Esther Addley tweets. “They shouldn’t have done,” he tells the court.

10.35am: The hearing has begun.

 

 

 

 

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