Assange can be given bail, high court rules

Summary:Prosecutors have lost their bid to prevent Julian Assange, editor of Wikileaks, being released on bail while his extradition to Sweden on sex-crimes charges is decided, according to reports.On Thursday, the high court in London upheld a magistrates' court decision to allow Assange to be bailed.

Prosecutors have lost their bid to prevent Julian Assange, editor of Wikileaks, being released on bail while his extradition to Sweden on sex-crimes charges is decided, according to reports.

On Thursday, the high court in London upheld a magistrates' court decision to allow Assange to be bailed. The magistrates' court had stipulated that his bail depended on its receiving sureties of £240,000. It also wanted Assange to wear an electronic tag and to submit to a curfew at certain times of day.

Before the hearing, the Swedish prosecutors in the case denied that they had asked for the appeal to be lodged. However, the Crown Prosecution Service, which has made the legal filings against Assange, has maintained that it is acting as an agent of the Swedish lawyers.

More on this story to follow.

Topics: Tech Industry

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