Tuesday 16 January 2018

Court rejects Assange's appeal over extradition

John Aston in London

WIKILEAKS founder Julian Assange, pictured, has failed in his bid to reopen his appeal against extradition to Sweden where he faces sex crime allegations.

The announcement was made yesterday by Britain's Supreme Court. It is understood that his legal team now has 14 days to apply to the European Court of Human Rights to hear his case.

The Swedish authorities want Mr Assange (40), to answer accusations of raping one woman and sexually molesting and coercing another in Stockholm in August 2010.

Mr Assange, whose Wiki-Leaks site has published a mass of leaked diplomatic cables that embarrassed governments, claims the sex was consensual and that the allegations against him are politically motivated.

Irish Independent

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