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extradition appeal quashed

Women's lawyer welcomes Assange verdict

Published onsdag 30 maj 2012 kl 10.27
Julian Assange. File photo: Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange can be extradited to Sweden to face questioning about allegations of rape and sexual molestation, ruled the UK Supreme Court this morning. The court has granted his legal team permission to ask for a review of a specific legal point within two weeks.

Assange is wanted for questioning in connection with two accounts of sexual molestation and one alleged rape in August 2010 when the Australian national visited Sweden to give a lecture.

The women's lawyer is the former gender equality ombudsman, Claes Borgström.

"Waiting has been an ordeal for them," he told Swedish Radio.

"But they are of course relieved that he might be charged, and that he might have to take responsibility for assaulting them," he added.

Assange has denied all charges saying they are politically motivated due to his organisation's adversarial relationship to several powerful nations.

He has repeatedly said he fears being transferred to the US from Sweden if he is detained.

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