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Assange in new Swedish arrest warrant appeal

AFP/The Local · 30 Nov 2010, 17:19

Published: 30 Nov 2010 17:19 GMT+01:00

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"We received the appeal today," Kerstin Norman, the case handler on the docket, told AFP.

The Stockholm district court ordered an arrest warrant on November 18th for Assange for questioning on "probable cause suspected of rape, sexual molestation and unlawful coercion" in Sweden in August.

The court order allowed prosecutor Marianne Ny, who had requested Assange's detention, to prepare an international arrest warrant for the 39-year-old Australian, who travels constantly and whose whereabouts are mainly kept secret.

Assange, whose whistleblower website unleashed a new storm at the weekend by beginning a massive release of classified US diplomatic cables, appealed the lower court order, but his petition was rejected by the Stockholm Appeals Court last week.

Norman said the country's highest court would first need to determine whether to hear the case at all.

"This is a so-called high-priority case, so that decision should go quickly," she said, adding she expected the ruling to come "tomorrow, the day after, but also perhaps next week."

"If no trial permit is given, the appeals court verdict will stand, but if a permit is given, we will reconsider whether the detention order was correct," she said.

Such a hearing would also likely go quickly, Norman said, adding it would take anywhere from "a few weeks to over a month, depending on the circumstances."

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Assange's lawyers both in Sweden and Britain have decried prosecutor Ny's decision to seek their client's arrest simply to interrogate him, insisting he had proposed several dates and times for questioning, but had been turned down.

WikiLeaks began at the weekend slowly releasing around 250,000 sensitive US diplomatic cables, again sending shockwaves around the world after its two other mega-leaks this year involving hundreds of thousands of classified files on the US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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18:20 November 30, 2010 by kingdavid
An international arrest warrant must be issued for Julian Assange of Wikileaks and he should be extradited to Sweden where he faces rape charges. The U.S. government must shut down Wikipedia immediately. This is not freedom of speech. I can't believe this hasn't been done yet, what type of Mickey Mouse operation has the U.S. government become? Obama has not even addressed the situation. Can any of you imagine this happening under the Nixon, Reagan, or George H.W. Bush (the father) administrations? In the old days Assange would have disappeared. Diplomacy is an art form and when executed correctly it can stop wars. Let me repeat diplomacy can stop wars and Assange is interfering with diplomacy among other things. Without diplomacy the only option to solve the world's problems is war. I am pretty sure that no one wants a world of full on chaos and constant war. Make an example of Assange and get him.
18:59 November 30, 2010 by mojofat
"Can any of you imagine this happening under the Nixon, Reagan, or George H.W. Bush (the father) administrations?"

Yeah, and all Reagan and Bush Sr. could bumble was the selling of weapons illegally to Iran and illegally arming the Nicaraguan Sandanistas. You're right...nothing as serious as emails detailing that Saudi Arabia wants the U.S. to take out one of its enemies.

By the way, I'm curious what it would solve for the US Government to shutdown "wikipedia" as you suggest? And how does the government go about magically shutting down webservers that are not located on its territory?
18:59 November 30, 2010 by dizzy09
what is Assange's agenda?bring the world to total chaos in the name of freedom of speech.I think wikileaks has gone too far this time around.
19:13 November 30, 2010 by kingdavid
Hey mojofat. You may not agree with Reagan or Bush's policy or what they bumbled but at least it was their own mistakes. They messed up trying to carry out their agendas. That is normal its part of governing. This is a complete outsider releasing information against the interests of the U.S. You may disagree with America's policies but honestly who cares what you think? When the Romans were in power the world hated them cuz they did messed up things to stay in power, same with the English Empire in their day. The most powerful countries have to do shady stuff (I agree with you that Iran Contra and Sandanistas was crap policy) to serve their interests. But again an outsider providing the biggest intelligence leak ever to anyone that has a computer (including enemies of the U.S. and Sweden and all democracies) is shite. Our government has hackers that can do just about anything-stayed tuned and see what happens in the next couple of weeks. Plus this guy is wanted for rape in your country, are you cool giving rapists that operate in your country amnesty? Much of what you said is irrelevant I am talking about the danger of a civilian leaking intelligence and you are talking about crappy covert operations that Reagan and Bush did-2 different animals. Your mojo isn't fat today boss.
19:19 November 30, 2010 by Rizwan Rahim
What ever said and done.....some work hard to score but some work smart,Jullian belongs to the second category.simply,

1) re fueling "Antidisestablishmentatiarism"

2) re assuring different mode "freedom of expression"

3) re surrecting "words & actions of democracy"

4) re furbishing "American beauty"

5) re appealing "Arrest warrant"

6) re launching "(topic reserved)"

7) re defining "hacking"

8) re directing " cablegate wikileaks"

9) re appearing "as & when/press conf"

10) re gaining "motives/business"

but the sad part is details of informants of intel's coming public but, if Jullian can strike a well balance line on informants,his project is 100% successful
20:00 November 30, 2010 by xenyasai
@Kingdavid: So it is just fine that the U.S. want to spy on UN officials?

I'm actually amazed that nothing is done with the U.S. by now. If another was doing the same things the U.S. is doing it would be in court as we speak.
20:03 November 30, 2010 by miss79
well, at least we know the true colours of all the goverment in the world including uncle sam n sweden..
20:25 November 30, 2010 by rquick
Nothing which came out of this till now, has shown anything the world didn't know! The only surprise was China's stance against N-Korea. Spying on the UN? Nothing new. The way they think about other world-leaders? Nothing new, as the rest of the world thinks exactly the same. Request to attack Iran by it's neighbours? That was easy to guess. All in all, much fuzz about nothing. Just keep walking, nothing to see here.
20:29 November 30, 2010 by itsspideyman
Assange seems to be trying to elevate himself these allegations. They're disturbing to say the least; refusing a woman's wish to protect herself against the possible spread of venereal disease. If true, it points to a classic narcissist, a man in love with his own reflection.

Steer away from his "noble" intentions; question how much he likes to watch himself on video. His leaving the CNN booth when questioned about this also points to an individual incapabable of accepting criticism.

As far as his "fearlessness", I'm waiting to see if he releases anything from the Russians and Chinese. Right now he's hitting "soft" targets, the Western Democracies. Information on Wikileaks about China and Russia come from Western Diplomats, most of it merely embarrasing but not confidential. If he's "brave", he'll release the official communiques.

If his treatment of women in Sweden an accurate assessment of his character, I'm betting he doesn't.
20:48 November 30, 2010 by Vitas
100% swedish justice bought by americans... He just came in sweden for 1 week and rapes 2 women. I cant believe in fantosmagoriya...
21:05 November 30, 2010 by RobinHood

"An international arrest warrant must be issued for Julian Assange ..."

An international arrest warrant was issued againt JA a couple of weeks ago. The entire story above relates to that warrant. Don't you take the trouble to actually read a story before you waste our time with your ignorant comments on it?
21:45 November 30, 2010 by GLO
Assange is an international terrorist. He will be prosecuted for international-terror. The World is now operating on shaken ground, I just hope repaired relations with our mutual interests can avert another 9/11.

I am really expecting the terror groups to move now at our weakest point. Every free society is now at high risk.
22:12 November 30, 2010 by Swedesmith
In this new world of terrorism, I believe that there are some secrets that we, the public, do not need to know. There are some truly evil people out there who do not adhere to any moral code and who, without batting an eyelash would kill me or you or your children just to further their twisted cause. These people are not to be treated lightly and the people who are out there fighting terrorism should be given out greatest respect.

Pfc. Manning should be tried for treason and, if found guilty, hung. Assange is no better.
22:13 November 30, 2010 by sendia
@kind david

Shut down wikipedia immediately???? Dude wikileaks has got nothing do with wikipedia. They seperate foundations/organizations whatever.

in the other article some one is equating cold weather to no global warming.

you ppl atleast try to google the facts before puking here.
22:18 November 30, 2010 by andthenme
well i am not a muslim and i dont like that religion, but why if someone depicts their prophet, it is fine and freedom of speech but why assange cant say what he wants to say? depicting muslims prophet as dog or pig doesnt make nearly one third of the whole world dangerously angry? but revealing the true face of our politicians and showing us whats going on is dangerous?!!! what a f..king logic you have.
22:23 November 30, 2010 by sendia
is Julian Assange = Joker (character from batman) ?

is he trying to achieve something similar?
22:25 November 30, 2010 by Tusker
Could anybody kindly inform me what process Julian Assange went through to become the world's elected saviour for truth and justice.

Nobody can as yet give a true evaluation as to what damage these leaks are going to trigger. It is guaranteed, though, that the brunt will be borne by those least able to protect themselves, the disenfranchised and the vulnerable. This will not harm the "Big Players", who at most may be a bit embarrassed at the moment, but who will resume their activities, as normal, once this news blows over.

I whole heartedly concurr with the sentiments expressed by GLO, dizzy09 and others who have the intellect and maturity to see the potential damages that these reckless publications are likely to provoke.

Anything which weakens the effectiveness of our elected governments, by consequence, puts each, and every one of us, into a more precarious position,in an already dangerous world.

There is nothing noble about this action, rather these are the twisted actions of a social inadequate, craving attention and indulging in self promotion.

No different than a juvenile messing about at a funeral, to gain kudos with the smaller kids.
22:50 November 30, 2010 by IranianBoy

well said!

btw I am worried about this world with having new definitions for freedom of speech! I mean a hundred years ago, governments were not threatened by freedom of speech as they are today, so they based their constitution or laws based on freedom of speech. Nowadays it is really a pain their somewhere! Even swedish court is not ashamed of ordering an international arrest warrant for just "questioning" the guy for rape? why making such a big scene? why not asking him to come to Sweden and answer the questions? Oh wait! wasn't he in the country when they first accused him of rape, then dropped the charges, then when he left the country (because he was denied a work visa) they charged him again?! why didn't they just "question" him first time?

I have a friend here in Sweden who has been threatened and abused and has been subject to physical injury by her ex husband (testified by swedish doctor) and the Swedish police has not yet even arrested him. not even a restraining order! I personally called the police and asked them to please ban the guy's phone number so he can't abuse or threaten my friend any more! they told me: oh we can't do that! we first should see the cellphone!
23:25 November 30, 2010 by sgt_doom
Oh wow! A lot of Zionist posters here (Swedesmith & kingdavid, please crawl back into your stinky basements).

God bless Julian Assange and his crew, they are trying to make the world a better, and safer, place.

The devil take the Bush-Obama administration, Obama just returning from a foreign biz trip where he was selling deadly munitions for his corporate overseers, and trying to offshore the few remaining American jobs.

We in Amerika now know (although quite a few of us already realized this) that (psycho) Hillary Clinton hates democracy.

No real mystery there, as does Timothy Geithner, Diane Farrell, and a number of other neocon swine on the Bush-Obama administration.

And we realize why your Marianne Ny is going after Wikileaks, both career pressure, financial pressure, and personal pressure due to that incident involving her in Malmo.

Hack on, wikileaks, hack on my brothers and sisters...
00:47 December 1, 2010 by Rolle
Wikileaks fuss aside, Mr. Assange must come before Swedish Courts and face charges.
00:48 December 1, 2010 by grantike
i cannot believe this.he is appealing for what ? a decision he made to rape girls(accused)per say. he isn't man enough to face trials.this is ridiculous .is this he is doing (revealing people secret)what we call freedom of speech.i guess its time to take it back.i never tried to waste a time i will never ever get back trying to read all those crap he is writing .its really weird he is Aussies .get a life JA
00:59 December 1, 2010 by Tanskalainen
OriginalBlockMan How dare you! You know as well as I do if Assange were locked in a cell alone with you by morning he would be your little blond "wife".
01:04 December 1, 2010 by Bob Jacobson
Let me see if I understand this. Assange was with two women who agreed to have sex with him, in other words a threesome. They then changed their mind. They claim that Assange wouldn't take "no" for an answer. He claims he doesn't even know the women. If the women are telling the truth, are we to believe that they had to fight off a single man? Would that be so difficult? In any case, they were not raped. The warrant for Assange is merely to have him questioned. This sounds like a tempest in a teapot.

As for the cables, leaks happen all the time. Many times, they are deliberate. In this case, the various dispatches from the embassies were embarrassing. They were not serious enough to threaten policy or cause a terrorist alert, as some commenters allege. Everyone knows that embassies are dens of spies. So what is the big deal, except that our suspicions are confirmed?

Lastly, why is Sweden suddenly the American intelligence community's best ally? First, it implements an online snooping law even more draconian than America's own. Then it gets caught up in the WikiLeaks affair. It seems an awfully unnecessary additional and dangerous burden for a small country trying to hew to a middle path in a dangerous world.

PS I am an American. I don't feel more threatened because of the WikiLeaks. I feel more vindicated in my belief that the embassies' work imperils the American people more often than it serves our interests.
01:08 December 1, 2010 by amirhosein
Hail Julian Assange.
01:45 December 1, 2010 by drewallin83
The world needs more people like assange and all of the people who work at wikileaks. however, his choices has a price and he must face them. the sacrififce is well worth it. it is inevitable that the bad governments will lose control around the the world with or without wikileaks
02:04 December 1, 2010 by jackx123
this is totally utter BS.....RED alert on Interpol for "probable cause suspected of rape, sexual molestation and unlawful coercion".

I remember about 10 years back when an american man had sex with dozens of girls, some with and some without consent, whilst he had been diagnosed for HIV/AIDS. Two of the women were diagnosed as having contracted HIV. He subsequently fled the country and there were no international arrest warrant issued.

The Swedish government MUST wake up see what it's doing.......
03:22 December 1, 2010 by capelite
Comments on a couple of posted statements

"Plus this guy is wanted for rape in your country, are you cool giving rapists that operate in your country amnesty?"

I thought the article said that "he should be detained for questioning on allegations of rape". It's a breathtaking leap from that quote to what you wrote! Where on earth did you get the idea that rapists in Sweden might be given amnesty?

"Anything which weakens the effectiveness of our elected governments, by consequence, puts each, and every one of us, into a more precarious position, in an already dangerous world."

Don't you mean "anything PUBLICLY DISCLOSED which weakens …"? I would suggest that, hidden or disclosed, any elected government that promotes some of the ideology contained in these cables, exposes us to that precarious position. The only difference is that we now know about it!

As an historian with a consuming interest in world affairs, I think the cables fill in many blanks. Whenever some international event occurs I work through international reporting in an attempt to get a rounded off idea of what happened and why. (Through online newspapers and journals.)

These cables only add to our knowledge of the mindset of some of the actors - not all, of course, but diplomats and spooks inserted into an embassy are powerful figures in Foreign Affairs and policy forming.

I am not interested in the rather mild character assessments that the media have jumped on - as Hilary Clinton said that foreign leaders reassured her with "you should read what we say about you".

Finally, it is pathetic that this site has been used for character assassinations and insults, just because a poster disagrees with a post. As my grandmother used to say - "now you go and wash your mouth out with soap and water"!
05:26 December 1, 2010 by jackx123
I say again......"probable cause suspected of ............." is a VERY WEAK legal term and would under ANY normal circumstance be thrown out of court.

Where are the medical records showing the alleged charges............

Sweden is down the drain, no sorry, down the sewer, with its pathetic handling of this case.

Take a look at the interpol web site. his neighbors are drug lords, serial killers, brutal murderers etc. All proven beyond doubt.

"probable cause suspected of ............."

what a joke this is. it reflects badly on Sweden and the Swedish judicial system.

Not even USA sought him after the first batch of released docs on Iraq although it can be claimed that he potentially committed treason (not USA but Oz) by releasing/leaking information. What happened...............NOTHING.
08:52 December 1, 2010 by TwoToTango
Wrong. With probable cause suspected of ... is the highest "suspicion level" in Sweden short of being actually put on trial.

People just can't seem to accept that their idols are not flawless.
11:42 December 1, 2010 by Makaveli
What is this guy's name again..."lasagne" hahaha. Nut-job pulling crazy stunts to what end?
15:12 December 1, 2010 by subho100
Think about the countries who feel cheated by US.
17:10 December 2, 2010 by Ann Hawkins
Let us now envision a world that bows before good and real justice. We are now entering the Age of Thought because appeals to courts and politicians are failing us. Let us now envision that Julian Assange, is free and remains free and this hoax against him now disintegrates! Let us envision him smiling, his mother Christine smiling because Assange is no longer bullied but, intead, he is protected and immune to the petty evils of the powerful. Guns and bombs no longer matter as we imagine a world where the weak and the meek or in charge. Can't see it? The barbed wire melting before the love of goodness? I can. Julian Assange is free and his good name is cleared!
19:30 December 2, 2010 by ejsjr
I wonder how much pressure the American government is putting on Sweden to pursue these factually dubious and relatively unimportant charges so aggressively.
22:06 December 2, 2010 by Rebel
Rheinfeldt is to Obama as Reinfeldt was to Dracula.

What is thy bidding?
04:27 December 3, 2010 by shortcut
so sad to see sweden cower to the cia. the political overlap of your legal system should be countered by your elected pollies - whose going to stand up?
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