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Swedish bar association raps Assange lawyer

Swedish bar association raps Assange lawyer

Published: 10 Jun 2011 07:06 GMT+02:00
Updated: 10 Jun 2011 07:06 GMT+02:00

"The disciplinary board has decided to hand down a warning to (Björn) Hurtig. It was not a united decision," Bar Association Secretary General Anne Ramberg told AFP.

The warning, she said, was "in response to the criticism directed to him by an English judge".

Ramberg said some of the disciplinary board's members had wanted to issue Hurtig a warning and a fine, but he was given only a warning. She refused to give more details but said such a warning had no impact on Hurtig's practising.

In a February 25 letter, the association had asked Assange's lawyer to explain ethics breach allegations made by the British judge in charge of the WikiLeaks founder's extradition hearing.

When the London court had ruled that Assange could be extradited to Sweden for questioning on allegations of rape and sexual molestation, judge Howard Riddle had among other things accused Hurtig of making a "deliberate attempt to mislead the court".

Riddle was referring to testimony in which Hurtig had said he had been unable to contact Assange last year when he was sought by Swedish prosecutors for questioning.

"The judge has made rather serious accusations in regard of Mister Hurtig and we wanted him to respond to that," Ramberg told AFP at the time the Bar Association sent him the letter.

Reached by AFP Thursday, Hurtig said he did not want to comment the case.

Assange, whose WikiLeaks website gained notoriety for releasing thousands of secret US cables, is in Britain awaiting the appeal he lodged following the British court's decision that he could be sent to Sweden.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

Your comments about this article

11:12 June 10, 2011 by What?
Where is Assange right now?

He should be home in Austraila working with his organization to expose more crimes!
15:25 June 10, 2011 by Ranger
The Swedish system of justice deserves to be slammed by Julian Assange. The people who work in the Swedish courts are corrupt, incompetent and lazy morons who should be removed from their little sinecure positiions and replaced with honest people who can do the job properly. Until that happens, Sweden will continue have a crappy quality of third world justice based on their self interest and stupidity.
17:08 June 10, 2011 by ghhugh
Key phrase 'rather serious' doesn't give them the right to open their yaps.

Serious yes, not rather serious.
19:34 June 10, 2011 by reason
@What?:

Right now Assange is in Britain wasting time and taxpayer money, not doing anybody any good.

@incompetent and lazy moron (aka Ranger):

You say nothing to back up your statements, therefore you are simply whining. (That is the form of an argument. Premise and conclusion. Try it sometime.)

@ghhugh:

Poor choice of words perhaps? I suspect the 'rather' was used more as a filler to round out the sentence than as a way to diminish the seriousness of an accusation of deliberately misleading the court.
08:09 June 11, 2011 by invandrare från tredje världen
I agree with Ranger. The quality is the same as in the 3rd world only it costs more taxpayer's money.
17:27 June 11, 2011 by zoroastrina
I agree entirely with ranger. His comment is, so it seems to me, solidly based om empirical observation of the irrationality of the Swedish justice system with its flagrant and deeply politicized conflicts of interest and its inequitable application of the principles of justice. Such a fantasized entity as "pure reason"

has been "thrown out of court" ( metaphorically) by analytic philosophers and neuroscientists years ago.
01:24 June 14, 2011 by gomertate
Sweden will continue to be a backwards THIRD WORLD COUNTRY until such time that the phony corrupt Kangaroo Courts are replaced by Real Courts based on Common Law and Real Judges who are honest to preside over the matters of Justice and Equality.
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