Assange seeks leave for Supreme Court appeal

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is to seek leave to appeal to the Supreme Court against extradition to Sweden to face questioning on sexual assault allegations.Assange's solicitor Gareth Peirce confirmed to the Guardian on Tuesday that Assange would ask the High Court for permission to appeal the extradition.

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is to seek leave to appeal to the Supreme Court against extradition to Sweden to face questioning on sexual assault allegations.

Assange's solicitor Gareth Peirce confirmed to the Guardian on Tuesday that Assange would ask the High Court for permission to appeal the extradition. The High Court normally defers to the Supreme Court for the group of Law Lords to decide whether a defendant has grounds for an appeal.

Assange's legal team must put forward arguments that show an appeal would be in the public interest, and will present those arguments at the High Court on 5 December, said the Guardian.

An employee of Gareth Peirce told ZDNet UK on Wednesday that the solicitor would not comment.

Assange lost a High Court extradition appeal on 2 November, after which his legal team had 14 days to seek leave to appeal the High Court decision.

The Crown Prosecution Service confirmed on Wednesday that it had recieved papers from Assange's legal team. CPS expects the papers to be 'a request for a point to be certified' — a legal phrase indicating an appeal request.

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