Assange loses extradition appeal

Assange loses extradition appeal

Summary: Wikileaks editor Julian Assange has lost his bid to avoid extradition to Sweden to face questioning over allegations of sexual assault.On Wednesday, the High Court in London said the 40-year-old Australian must comply with an extradition ruling made by chief magistrate Howard Riddle in February.

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Wikileaks editor Julian Assange has lost his bid to avoid extradition to Sweden to face questioning over allegations of sexual assault.

On Wednesday, the High Court in London said the 40-year-old Australian must comply with an extradition ruling made by chief magistrate Howard Riddle in February. Assange has been living in the UK under bail while his appeal was heard.

Assange's lawyers argued the Wikileaks editor would not be able to get a fair hearing in Sweden and that the Swedish prosecutor making the extradition request is not qualified to issue the European Arrest Warrant served on Assange.

Some Assange backers have suggested the US has exerted influence on Sweden to push on with the extradition and questioning. Wikileaks embarrassed the US when it published hundreds of thousands of confidential US embassy documents.

A update on this story can be found in Julian Assange loses High Court extradition appeal.

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