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London trial continues for Julian Assange

Published fredag 11 februari 2011 kl 12.51
Julian Assange. (Photo:Alastair Grant/Scanpix)

In London, the extradition hearing continues of the founder of the whistle-blowing website, Wikileaks, Julian Assange - wanted in Sweden for questioning on charges of rape.

Both the defense and the prosecutor are making their final statements.

Assange’s British lawyer argues that the statements made by Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt on the case as ruining the defendant’s chance of a fair trial in Sweden by indicating that Assange regards women’s rights as light weight.

The British lawyer defending Sweden’s has rejected this and the British judge has dismissed the defense’s call for a dismissal of the case because of the prime minister’s statements defending the Swedish legal system.

Some critics maintain that the rape charges are the result of American pressure because of Wikilaks’s revealing secret documents about civilian casualties in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Observers predict that it will take a week or two before the judge makes his decision.

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