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Assange team attack 'corrupt' Swedish lawyers

AFP/The Local · 11 Jan 2011, 16:30

Published: 11 Jan 2011 16:30 GMT+01:00

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Assange's legal team also says there is a "real risk" that if extradited to Sweden, Assange may be sent on to the US, where the papers say he could be detained at Guantanano Bay or even face the death penalty.

The claims are contained in lawyer Geoffrey Robertson's provisional skeleton argument, which Assange's team will use to fight the extradition request during a hearing at a London court on February 7th to 8th.

In the document, released after a brief hearing on Tuesday, Robertson contests Swedish prosecutor Marianne Ny's right to issue a European arrest warrant, which prompted British police to arrest Assange on December 7th. He was later granted bailed on December 16th.

Robertson questions the credibility of the alleged victims, accuses Swedish prosecutors of illegal behaviour and warns Assange could be sent to the US, where he has been vilified over WikiLeaks' release of secret US cables.

"Mr. Assange has been the victim of a pattern of illegal and/or corrupt behaviour by the Swedish Prosecuting Authorities," the document stated.

It claims that prosecutors acted illegally by releasing his name to the press and leaking evidence against him and that they refused to accept his repeated offers to give an interview before the warrant was issued.

Elsewhere in the skeleton argument, Robertson claimed that Ny did not have the right to issue a European arrest warrant, saying that only the Swedish national police board can issue such warrants.

He added that it should not have been issued when Assange was only wanted for questioning about the alleged sexual assault of two women, insisting that "mere suspicion should not found a request for extradition."

The draft argument also says there has not been full disclosure of the evidence, including text messages between the alleged victims which "speak of revenge and the opportunity to make lots of money."

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The document further repeats Assange's argument that the allegations against him are linked to the WikiLeaks disclosures.

"It is submitted that there is a real risk that, if extradited to Sweden, the US will seek his extradition and/or illegal rendition to the US, where there will be a real risk of him being detained at Guantanamo Bay or elsewhere," Robertson wrote.

He added, "There is a real risk that he could be made subject to the death penalty. It is well known that prominent figures have implied, if not stated outright, that Mr. Assange should be executed."

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16:51 January 11, 2011 by voiceofreason
This guy is no saint, it would be nice to see some wikileak cables of his own irresponsible lifestyle.

From what I have read so far, this guy has been at war with the system right from the womb.
16:51 January 11, 2011 by laura ka baal
He should be nominated for Nobel Prize for making naked country like america Naked Again.
16:59 January 11, 2011 by Streja
How would the victims earn money exactly?

Why doesn't he liked being leaked to the press?
17:04 January 11, 2011 by landofthesheeple
If I were a Millionare, I'd pay for Mr. Assanges legal fees. He is Hero to the world.

It's about time America is exposed of their dirty deeds they have done against the world.

Hopefully China will soon cash in on that loan the US banks owe them : )
17:19 January 11, 2011 by Roy E
The fact that this self-absorbed clown is a celebrity to some illustrates just how silly, irresponsible, and therefore dangerous these contemporary times are.

Let's hope that some grown-ups step up soon and put an end to this adolescent mindlessness.
17:45 January 11, 2011 by Puge Henis
"This guy is no saint, it would be nice to see some wikileak cables of his own irresponsible lifestyle."

Julian is a private citizen, he is not required to be open or accountable to the people - governments are.

"How would the victims earn money exactly?"

If Monica Lewensky could earn money by just going down on a person... or dumbest of all Paris Hilton could earn money by spending a few days behind bars is it such a leap of faith two easy bimbos cant earn money by bonking Assenge for days?
19:43 January 11, 2011 by Rebel
Just wondering, is Sweden America's prostitute? No, a prostitute wants something in return for services. So what do you call it when it is given for free?
19:54 January 11, 2011 by Puge Henis

The same thing you would call those two bimbos who gave it to Assange for free...
20:19 January 11, 2011 by sgt_doom
"Elsewhere in the skeleton argument, Robertson claimed that Ny did not have the right to issue a European arrest warrant, saying that only the Swedish national police board can issue such warrants."

That is so correct! And why would that be?

Because Ny is located in Goteborg, where one also finds Jeppesen Systems AB, an affiliated company of Jeppesen Dataplan, also known as Boeing's "Extreme Rendition Airlines" --- get the connection?

The American CIA is now expending far more money in capturing -- or getting their filthy hands -- on Julian Assange than it ever did on Osama bin Laden.

They've set up a Wikileaks Task Force, so whatever became of an Osama Task Force.

Makes you wonder, don't it????
20:48 January 11, 2011 by Israeli Jew
'corrupt' Swedish lawyers !!!

Everything is 'corrupted' in this corrupted country, Not only its useless lawyers. Even the people themselves of this corrupted country are corrupted and phony.
20:49 January 11, 2011 by Syftfel
"Corrupt Swedish lawyers"? How true. Except "corrupt" does not even begin to approach the truth. Many Swedish lawyers are a nest of venomous vipers, with law degrees, who think they know better than ordinary folks. They are in fact nothing more than a slimey pack of socialist, besserwisser, vermin who do not think twice about telling half truths if it serves their own self-serving interests. More like liars-for-hire if you ask me. I would not trust them either if I were Assange's lawyers.(Yes there's the occasional, rare, exception)
20:50 January 11, 2011 by scandinavian leather
@The Local

Who proofreads your material?

Sentences like "He was later granted bailed on December 16th" make me think you should change the subtitle to "Sweden's news in Gibberish"

The fact that you are constantly reminded of your many mistakes by a myriad of readers leads me to believe you don't care.
21:40 January 11, 2011 by grantike
now we are back talking about self glorified clown in the name of wiki leak founder . from what i read the Icelandic mp left because assange refused to keep his profile low.(LARGE EGO NOT JUST BIG) .he is back in court to criticize NY but no one would do same to him.am just tired of this guy.please keep him away from our children .i guess he is using the money donated by people to pay lawyers for his misbehavior .international court of justice should the fiance (ICJ) .SMH
22:11 January 11, 2011 by maxbrando
This is a guy (?) who beleives he needs constant attention. He is ready to explode if he does not get it at all times. The signs are all there. A time bomb.
22:16 January 11, 2011 by tgolan
well he may be correct as we've seen today where 2 footballers have been found guilty of buying sex , but there is no proof, apparently now it's the defendant who has to prove his innocence not the prosecutor having proving who is guilty in Sweden when it is a sex crime
22:31 January 11, 2011 by Puge Henis
Yes, he has a huge ego. Yes, he probably is a huge pr**k or a huge d**k (whatever your choice of words)... and I probably wont like him if I (or you) ever meet him.

Still not an excuse to punish/persecute him -because last time I checked having a massive ego and being a total jackass was not against the law (Or Gean Simmons would have been behind bars a looonnnng time ago).
22:48 January 11, 2011 by johnny1939
To sgt_doom. There is a lot to this whole situation that is truly very scary to say the least. I would hate to think that my country is run by the CIA or forces like it. I hope not but it is a very curious affaire.

I do suspect that Assange would disappear if sent to the US. Anybody heard from Manning lately? Is he still alive?
23:01 January 11, 2011 by TwoToTango
Why would he be sent to the US? Even if you buy that the whole world is corrupt and Assange is the second coming of christ you have to realize they can't just extradite someone to the US because " that guy". He would at least need to be wanted for crimes in the US which I'm guessing he is not?

People would notice if a high-proficle person like Assange just dissapeared.
23:34 January 11, 2011 by GLO
Assange is an enemy combatant and intl terrorist. No one cares if he raped a few girls in Sweden, they asked for it once they took off the drawers, sorry. But he is going to be a wanted man, his supporters are likewise criminals. The free world must beware of new age terror. Assange has no interest in free world country's. What he does only damages our common goals and interests. How could any freedom loving person want to aid Assange who wants to do damage to Sweden,US all free country's.
23:57 January 11, 2011 by Nemesis
And so the entertainment continues.
00:04 January 12, 2011 by sgt_doom
To Johnny1939 (#17),

Manning is kept under extreme watch lockdown at Quantico Marine Base, in Virginia, USA. (This is in direct violation to Article 13, which directs as speedy a court martial as possible, not a long-duration torture have never being allowed to sleep, no exercise in his solitary confined internment, plus a host of other non-activities.

There is no law in America. When any is required for a specific prosecution now, they simply go to the legal database (corporate-owned and controlled, of course, and alter it to fit their individual cases).

It is really that bad in America now, but still many of the herd have yet to catch on.

Manning, of course, was following the legal dictates of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) as he was legally beholden to do: report any and all war crimes.

Assange's attorneys are on the money of course, and are correct in their presentation of the legal facts as to why there has yet to be the proper justification, by the government of Sweden, as to why he should be extradited.

And it is the government of Sweden, NOT PROSECUTOR NY, who it is incumbent upon to present the extradition reasoning and request.
00:10 January 12, 2011 by Toonie
@ GLO "Assange is an enemy combatant and intl terrorist."

Presumably that would make the leading newspapers who have published the leaks also 'enemy combatants and intl terrorists' in your view. That's an awful lot of people to round up and bang into another version of Guantanamo.

Fact is, you need to examine your terminology. What is an 'enemy combatant'? It's a civilian carrying arms to defend his or her country. Invading troops are under no obligation to treat such people according to the Geneva Convention, goes the argument. The Nazis took that view when then carried out reprisals against French, Russian, Yugoslav or Greek fighters, out of uniform, trying to defend their countries. They were called 'resistance fighters' after the Second World War. An 'international terrorist'? Then presumably you would demand the death penalty for whoever made the incredibly stupid decision to share classified material with 3 million US citizens. Except that would include a whole range of nincompoop neo-cons and their supporting shock-jock

couldn't-think-it-through-to-save-their-lives... or their countries.
02:04 January 12, 2011 by somethingbrite
He will not go to the US, he will not be "disappeared" this is a simple case of character assasination. Indeed, the longer he and this case are in the spotlight the better it is for those who wish to see his credibility tarnished and with it that also of Wikileaks.

Given his media profile it was a little naive of him to have any kind of "casual sexual encounter" with anybody and not expect some kind of exploitation of the situation.

I do not even fully understand the allegations that have been made against him...and believe me I have read articles and tried to understand....but many articles have seemed short on fact and strong on opinion and often contradictory.

Enlighten me if you have a better understanding of the situation....to me, for the moment, it all seems just a little too convenient.
05:28 January 12, 2011 by mojofat
I'm curious as to how Assange's legal team thinks that their client faces a greater risk of extradition to the US than where he is at now in the UK. The US's strongest ally in Europe. Sounds like a red herring to me.
06:32 January 12, 2011 by Nomark

The defence lawyers have said it and therefore it must be true.

Try not to introduce logic and evidence-based reasoning here. This isn't that type of "discussion".
08:17 January 12, 2011 by Jools33
It is easier to block an extradition from the UK than from Sweden - given that there is a legal framework that is followed - Swedish courts are a whitewash - and how anyone can trust the Swedish legal system after the documented actions of the prosecution in this case I have no idea.
08:30 January 12, 2011 by flobalob
Julian Assange gives power back to the people where it rightfully belongs. He has my admiration.
09:29 January 12, 2011 by Nomark

"Swedish courts are a whitewash" - that's quite a sweeping statement. Is yours an informed opinion or a rant ?
09:37 January 12, 2011 by RobinHood

English cóurts are subject to the concept of equity (fairness). English judges will on occassion, refuse to do what a statute or international treaty compells them to do, because they think it is unfair, or simply plain wrong. There is a long history of English judges bravely standing up to the man; it goes back as far as Magna Carta.

In Sweden, the concept of equity is less developed. Swedish judges tend to follow the law, as it is written, even if they feel it to be unfair or wrong.

In this case, the defence has a far better chance of defeating the inevitible US extradition application in England (where it will be evaluated for its fairness), than it does in Sweden, where a judge will simply reach for his/her rubber stamp.

If I were for the defence I would remind an English judge that presidential candidate Mike Huckaby has called for Assange's execution without trial, several American commentators have called for his assasination, and that the US is therefore an unfit place for this defendant to be tried and/or detained; especially after what has happened to Congresswoman Giffords. An English judge might have some sympathy. A Swedish judge - no.
10:23 January 12, 2011 by chokes
The EAW (European Arrest Warrant) is only supposed to be used for '"the purposes of conducting a criminal prosecution". It is not a legitimate purpose for an EAW to be used to conduct an investigation to see whether that person should be prosecuted.

Swedish prosecutors have lotsa 'splaining to do.

"The power of the Executive to cast a man into prison without formulating any charge known to the law, and particularly to deny him the judgment of his peers, is in the highest degree odious and is the foundation of all totalitarian government whether Nazi or Communist."

Winston Churchill - 21 November, 1943
11:14 January 12, 2011 by Enzooo
not directed to anyone in particular but just to comment:

why is it so hard for some people to realize that the US govt is corrupt?

and not just in the Assange case but everywhere else in the US's doings across the globe?

isn't there enough evidence from a multitude of sources and experts that clearly show this? haven't enough people/journalists stepped forward to tell the world?

There is enough evidence to me in my personal study of different 'situations'.

And for those who can't or won't understand clear and fairly reported evidence, you're behaving exactly like they (big gov'ts) want you to. To believe them without question, go to work, do what you're told and pay your taxes. And most of all, to never state your opinion if it's against what they want you to believe.

happy new year.
11:57 January 12, 2011 by kenny8076
lol you people act like America is the worst country in the world.......Like America is the enemy in everything....we help the world more than ANY nation ever has. we send aid to Africa a long with our hundreds of billions of dollars in taxes and donations annually. we send aid to Asian country's struck down by tsunamis/ earthquakes. Our FBI helps local officials all over Europe solve special crimes...... you people are ALL HATERS...... yes we are at war with a country that attacked us..... OK so what?! Last i checked they have attacked a few European country's.... just because you don't have the gonads or funds to attack back doesn't make us bad.

Wikileaks exposed many many country's doing corrupt things and being shady, not just America. infact Sweden was exposed also.... until i moved to Europe i never realized how much of haters you all are, but would jump on the chance to live there, i know for a fact Swedes would...... lol so funny
12:01 January 12, 2011 by johnny1939
There seems to be a rift between the US and the Uk at this time. The president came out and called france the US most important ally. Maybe it is because he and wifey were not invited to the wedding?

I don't think anyone can get a grip of the allegations against Assange. I have been reading the press and talking to various people to no avail. It is all a very strange in view of the laissez faire attitude the police usually have w/ rape situations. Go and figure...I am only interested in fairness and have no aloha for Assange.
12:47 January 12, 2011 by Uriel9
Alot of haters here, well, everyone that is disappointed and have so much problems with this country just leave. We don't need you. Go home to your country which is obviously better in your mind.

Myself i'd much rather live here than anywhere else. Problem solved.
13:13 January 12, 2011 by Morenikeji
..."revenge and the opportunity to make lots of money." Highly probable!
18:30 January 12, 2011 by cogito
@#33, Johnny.

Maybe not quite a rift, but it has been widely noted that relations between the U.K. and the U.S. are at al all time low since Obama took office. His dislike of England is supposedly something to do with his Kenyan ancestors and British colonialism.

One of his first acts on assuming office was to remove a bust of Winston Churchill that had been a gift from British government right after the 9/11 attacks. He had the statue promptly delivered promptly to the residence of the British ambassador.
20:52 January 12, 2011 by americanska
if Europe would have taken care of business during the world wars the US wouldn't need to baby be such a big brother to them.
23:11 January 12, 2011 by landofthesheeple

Your comment is Spot-on.

I used to be brainwashed until I moved to Europe, and now My eyes are open.

Just like the 80's sci-fi film "They Live", put the glasses on and see the truth of it.

Amerika Sucks.


Yes, This would also explain that the US knew in advance of the attack on Pearl Harbor, they just needed an excuse to use their WMD on Hiroshima.
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