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Assange moves to reopen extradition appeal

12 Jun 2012, 15:17

Published: 12 Jun 2012 15:17 GMT+02:00

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"Lawyers for Julian Assange have lodged papers to apply to re-open the appeal, as expected, for the reasons set out in the hearing," the spokesman said, adding that judges would now consider the application.

The highly unusual move comes after the court last month rejected Assange's last-ditch appeal against extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning about allegations of rape and sexual assault.

The court, Britain's highest, handed down its decision in the 18-month legal marathon after rejecting Assange's argument that the Swedish prosecutor who issued the arrest warrant for him was not entitled to do so.

But in a surprise move, Assange's lawyer Dinah Rose asked for 14 days to consider whether to apply to re-open the case, on the grounds that the judgment referred to material not mentioned during the appeal hearing in February.

The Supreme Court judges can reject Assange's challenge, ask for written submissions or hold a new hearing.

The court spokesman said he could not give a timescale for any decision.

Assange, an Australian former computer hacker, has been fighting deportation since his arrest in London in December 2010 on a European arrest warrant issued by Sweden.

The Supreme Court is his final avenue of appeal under British law, after two lower courts ruled he should be sent to Sweden for questioning.

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18:27 June 12, 2012 by Tarc the Mexan
Assange again refuses to grow a spine and face his accusers like a man.

Also in other news: bear defecates in woods.
18:35 June 12, 2012 by Dazzler
For a small fee I will go over to the UK and drag this scumbag back here kicking and screaming. He will mostly make it here...
23:46 June 12, 2012 by philster61
He knows that he will be on the first rendition to USA if he is brought to Sweden. And he hasn't even been charged. This case is nothing more than a farce......
00:05 June 13, 2012 by foxpur
The funny thing here is, UK has better USA extradition rules than Sweden does... if the USA wanted him, UK is the worse place for him.
08:30 June 13, 2012 by skogsbo
Philster, what are you on about. They don't want to charge him, he hasn't even been interviewed about the offences yet, because he thinks he is above the law and refuse. He should be in jail now for hindering a Police investigation.

Rendition - you think it is easier to move someone from Sweden to the USA? There have been dozens, if not hundreds of rendition flights through the UK in the past decade, if the USA wanted him he would already be there.

Farce, you right there, if it was any of us facing these offences we wouldn't be poncing around the UK with a legal team would we??
11:05 June 13, 2012 by SimonDMontfort
The US Ambassador to Australia recently denied Washington has any interest in extraditing Assange from Sweden.

Unless the US Ambassador is a 'Goddamn liar', the likely scenario is: Assange (eventually) arrives in Sweden, is questioned and released, or, is charged - in which case I reckon a number of hot shot Swedish lawyers would like to defend him.

And yes, skogsbo, you're right: any 'ordinary Joe' would never have been able to string out the legal process for so long
11:55 June 13, 2012 by Fred Johnsson
Amazing to what length this cherade is dragged out! As if it is not totally obvious that the sex accusations in Sweden was a set up and old politcal tactics.

Hmmm . . . reminds me about the many movies about how corrupt CIA and FBI is! Assange did SOMETHING GOOD! He exposed the TRUTH that was covered up!

So what if he is getting shipped off to Sweden to be accused for using a broken condom? Will that lead him to be sent to the USA and convicted as a terrorist? Corruption runs deep and high up in power of governments.

Who is trying to hide what?

By the way - what happened to private Manning who showed the world how innocent people were killed from an helicopter?
14:56 June 13, 2012 by Carbarrister
If the US wanted Assange they would have snatched him long ago.

They have Manning to use as an example to potential leakers of secret information. He will spend the rest of his life doing hard labor at Leavenworth Prison. He should beg for the death penalty.
18:51 June 13, 2012 by Tarc the Mexan
#7: "what happened to private Manning"

Assange stopped giving a crap about him after he got the information he wanted. Manning rots away in a military correctional facility while Assange drums up support from his friends for the smear campaign he's running.
00:52 June 15, 2012 by Fred Johnsson
Assange is a hero! He should get a purple heart medal! He's exposing the corruption!
18:58 June 15, 2012 by Tarc the Mexan
#10: you should be shipped off to China and executed for defending a sex offender.
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