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Assange appeal ruling expected by Christmas

Assange appeal ruling expected by Christmas

Published: 08 Dec 2011 07:47 GMT+01:00
Updated: 08 Dec 2011 07:47 GMT+01:00

On Monday judges at the High Court in London said that his fight against deportation to face rape allegations in Sweden raised an issue of public importance, and ruled that he could ask the Supreme Court to consider the case.

The 40-year-old Australian now has until December 19 to lodge his application with the Supreme Court -- although there is no guarantee that they will agree to take on the case.

"We have informed the parties that if they get the papers in by the 19th then we will make a decision before Christmas," Supreme Court spokeswoman Sian Lewis told AFP.

She said there would not be a hearing but that a panel of three Supreme Court judges would examine Assange's application on paper, before deciding whether to formally listen to his appeal at a later date.

If they refuse to hear the case then he will be extradited within 10 days.

Assange was arrested exactly one year ago on a European arrest warrant issued by Sweden after allegations by two women of sexual assault and rape.

At the brief High Court hearing on Monday, two judges said there was a case of "general public importance" raised by Assange's lawyers about whether a Swedish prosecutor was a proper judicial authority to sign the warrant.

Assange, who is living at a friend's mansion in eastern England under strict bail conditions, strongly denies any wrongdoing and says the sex with the women in Sweden was consensual.

He has said the allegations are politically motivated and linked to WikiLeaks' release of hundreds of thousands of classified US files about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

Your comments about this article

11:14 December 8, 2011 by philster61
So a person who has NOT been charged can be extradited to another country to "answer questions"? When he could just as easily answer these questions where he is....

http://markcrispinmiller.com/2011/02/eight-big-problems-with-the-case-against-assange-must-read-by-naomi-wolf/
20:35 December 8, 2011 by sgt_doom
The other day, some clueless neighbor inquired as to why the American government simply extradite Assange from the UK?

I responded: "Have you any idea of all the cost in property damage over the past year from rioting British protesters?"

Much cheaper to first extradite Assange to Sweden, then to America, or have Boeing's Jeppesen Systems AB people extreme rendition him.

Either way, the Obama neocon administration wants him in jail.

http://obamascandalslist.blogspot.com/2009/10/table-of-contents.html
21:54 December 8, 2011 by BritVik
One can ask one's self why this individual is so damned anxious NOT to be extradited to Sweden. If he is as innocent as he claims, then it could have all been sorted out long ago. But no, he is fighting all the way to the very top at enormous expense. But what does he care? He is getting plenty of publicity.

His main argument is that he can release information about everything else, but nothing about himself. A damned megalomaniac if ever there was one.
21:58 December 9, 2011 by sgt_doom
@3, Brit(twit)Vik,

A better and more intelligent question would be, why don't one of the Svensk prosecutors take a short flight to the UK to question Assange there, as he already availed himself for questioning back when he was in Sweden, but ONLY after he was permitted to leave, and the Swedes reopened the case under pressure from the USA, where a Grand Jury was convened quite sometime ago where a secret indictment (which many believe to be for the count of Treason) was handed down.

And because of the recent history of America (like Sweden I might add) in extreme renditioning innocent people.

A review of events:

A quick review: everyone involved in this appears to be financially related to the Bonnier family whose tabloid publication (now where have we heard that term lately???) first appealed to be the sole publisher of Julian Assange's Wikileaks -- which he turned them down on when he was back in Sweden, originally.

Next, we see Ardin, convincing a younger female and recent intimate of Assange's, to go to the Swedish police with her about Assange. The case is dropped, then picked up again for highly questionable and political reasons.

Next, a Bonnier tabloid begins publishing contrived stories about the Assange "rape", etc., etc., etc.

A Swedish prosecutor's office, in Gothenburg, instead of Stockholm, strangely enough, takes up an already dropped case due to lack of convincing evidence, or any real evidence. (Gothenburg is where Boeing subsidiary, Jeppesen Systems AB is located - Jeppesen Dataplan is popularly known as Boeing's "extreme rendition airlines".)

The cast of characters: The Bonnier publishing/media family, Ardin -- who has worked for one or more of their tabloids, etc., Thomas Bodstrom, who has financial ties to the Bonnier business and was former Justice Minister who colluded with the American CIA to extreme rendition two innocent Swedish immigrants of Arab extraction, who were later acquitted and reimbursed monies for their injuries, etc. -- Attorney Borgstrom, with ties to the Bonnier family, and likewise other members of Sweden's Ministry of Justice, etc.

Many posters here have asked why a series of expensive appeals, all funded by the British tax payer, are necessary? Couldn't a prosecutor hop on a Ryan Air flight, (about 1 500 SEK, including a pleasant pub lunch) and interview Mr Assange in England?

Lord Justice Thomas asked the same question during the first extradition trial, and seemed to get a bit peeved that no one representing the Swedish prosecutor wa prepared to properly answer him. Hopefully someone is about to inject some much needed common sense and fiscal responsibility into this rotten case.
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