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Top human rights lawyer to defend Assange

AFP/The Local · 8 Dec 2010, 12:50

Published: 08 Dec 2010 12:50 GMT+01:00

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Robertson, a barrister who has dual British and Australian nationality, has participated in some of the highest-profile freedom of speech trials in British history.

He was also among the defence team in the trial for the IRA bombing of the Brighton hotel that targeted then prime minister Margaret Thatcher in the mid-1980s.

"I do believe he is representing him," a member of staff at Robertson's Doughty Street Chambers in London told AFP.

According to his personal website, Robertson is a member of the United Nations Justice Council, having served as the first President of the Special Court in Sierra Leone.

Assange was denied bail on Tuesday and ordered to appear in court again on December 14th after he was arrested in London on a European arrest warrant linked to allegations of rape and molestation against two women in Sweden.

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The 39-year-old Australian is being held in Wandsworth prison in London. His supporters claim the arrest warrant is politically motivated because WikiLeaks has angered governments around the world by releasing thousands of US diplomatic cables.

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10:40 December 9, 2010 by procrustes
If I were a Swedish male I would take matters in my own hands before dating Swedish women, and travel to saner places nearby such as Norway, Finland, Denmark to meet potential partners. In the interim, men should consider selling their sperm rather than giving it away freely. Women demand payment in the currency of "commitment" so men should consider a type of payment in kind.

This is extreme, but equivalent to the extremity now evident in Swedish law. Sperm sales? Okay--that's "out there" but weekends in Copenhagen, Oslo, Helsinki to meet a soul mate is solid.

Radical Feminism should be viewed as a social disease afflicting all Swedish women. OR, a men should carry a consent form which women have to sign before sex. The deal would be to wait before "the moment" and then whip out the form.

Nutty laws beget nutty ideas and nutty actions.

PS: Danish women are well educated, happy, beautiful and fun loving. Why are Swedish women so angry? Learn to tango and Finland is yours, plus the learning process would be a great way to meet nice women.
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