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Wednesday 21 February 2018

Assange allowed to appeal detention

Julian Assange remains in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London
Julian Assange remains in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London

Sweden will allow Julian Assange to appeal a detention order against the WikiLeaks founder over allegations of sex crimes.

The Swedish Supreme Court said today it has "granted leave to appeal the issue of detention". It gave no reason for the decision.

The move follows a surprise reversal by Swedish prosecutors last month of their long refusal to question Mr Assange in London where he has been holed up in the Ecuadorian Embassy for nearly three years, fearing extradition to Sweden.

They have sought to question him over the allegations made by two women after his 2010 visit to Sweden.

Mr Assange denies the allegations and believes extradition to Sweden would be a way to remove him to the US, where WikiLeaks infuriated officials by publishing secret documents.

Press Association

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