Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Assange Gets Appeal Court Date

By Jerry Smith Apr 6 2011

Julian Assange has finally been given a date for his appeal against Judge Howard Riddle's ruling that he should be extradited to Sweden. Judge Riddle felt that Assange could get a fair trial in Sweden and that his extradition to Sweden would not violate his human rights.

Assange will continue to fight being extradited to Sweden at a two day hearing at the High Court in London on July 12 and 13.

Assange has been fighting extradition to Sweden where he has not been charged with anything but is wanted for questioning by the Swedish police about accusations of rape and sexual molestation made against him by Sofia Wilen and Anna Ardin. Assange denies the allegations and says he had consensual sex with the two women.

Assange and his lawyers fear that if he is extradited to Sweden he may then be extradited to the United States, where he could face torture, confinement at Guantanamo Bay, both, or even the death penalty.

Assange has angered the United States with the publishing of leaked embarrassing diplomatic cables, the classified documents about the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and the 'Collateral Murder' video.

If Assange's High Court appeal is unsuccessful, he could take his case to the Supreme Court, the highest court in the land.

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