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UK Supreme Court clears Julian Assange's extradition to Sweden on sex assault charges

Washington, Wed, 30 May 2012 ANI
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Washington, May 30 (ANI): Britain's Supreme Court has ruled that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will be extradited to Sweden, where he faces allegations of sex crimes.

The ruling was however not unanimous, and came after a 5-2 verdict by the bench.

His lawyers now have 14 days in which to consider an appeal to the International Court of Justice, to stop his extradition on human rights grounds.

Assange, who enraged Washington by releasing a trove of state and military secrets on his website, has been fighting deportation since his arrest in London in December 2010.

The legal saga began in Sweden in August 2010 when Assange was accused of raping a woman, and of sexually assaulting another woman.

He insists the sex was consensual and earlier claimed the charges are politically motivated.

According to the BBC, Assange's lawyers had asked the UK's highest court to block his removal, arguing that a European arrest warrant issued against him was 'invalid'.

The court, however, ruled the extradition request had been 'lawfully made'.

Assange had earlier expressed fears that extradition to Stockholm would lead to extradition to the US on espionage or conspiracy charges. (ANI)

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