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No decision on Assange, PM responds to critics

The British judge in the case of Julian Assange, the founder of the whistle-blowing Wikileaks, says after the two day hearing in London that a decision to extradite the Australian to Sweden for questioning on suspicion of rape could come on Friday or in the first week of March.

Meanwhile, Swedish Prime Minister, Fredrik Reinfeldt, has responded to the flurry of international criticism against Sweden surrounding the case.

“It’s regrettable that women’s rights and situation are taken so lightly compared to other crimes by those who are bouncing theories back and forth. All I can do is defend what everyone in Sweden knows – that we have an independent apolitical judiciary.”

He added that the criticism of Sweden from Assange’s legal team is a tactic aimed at defending the founder of Wikileaks. “Let us not forget what is at stake here,” said Reindeldt.  “The right of women to have an investigation into whether they've been assaulted."

Several Swedish lawyers have appeared in London for the defense criticizing Sweden's legal system.

Some critics claim the rape charges are a product of American efforts to punish Assange for revealing secret civilian deaths in the Iraqi and Afghanistan wars.

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