Factbox: Extradition process for WikiLeaks' Assange

Wed Dec 8, 2010 6:53am EST

(Reuters) - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is in custody in Britain after being arrested by British police under a European Arrest Warrant issued by Sweden over allegations of sex crimes.

Here are details of the extradition process he faces.

-- Assange made an initial appearance in London's City of Westminster court Tuesday over the allegations made by two Swedish WikiLeaks volunteers. He was remanded in custody although his lawyers can appeal against the refusal to grant him bail.

-- He is due back at the same court for an extradition hearing on December 14. If the District Judge is satisfied that Assange is wanted for the crimes in question, that extradition would not breach his human rights and there are no other legal bars, then the court will order him to be extradited.

-- If there is no appeal, he must be extradited within 10 days.

-- However, Assange can appeal against the decision but must do so within seven days. The appeal process at London's High Court must commence within 40 days, although the court can extend this period in the "interests of justice."

-- Should the High Court uphold the extradition decision, a further appeal can be made to Britain's Supreme Court but this can only be done on a point of law considered to be of general public interest. The Supreme Court ruling is the end of the process.

Sources: UK Home Office, Crown Prosecution Service

(Reporting by Michael Holden; Editing by Maria Golovnina)


Comments (1)
NEWSTIME2010 wrote:

This article above is a correct info.

The Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd has today promised consular support to Julian Assange. Kevin Rudd has served at the Australian Embassy in Stockholm.

Julian Assange’s Swedish solicitor Bjorn Hurtig duty is to file a lawsuit against “Svenska Staten” alias the Swedish Government for the Defamation of Mr. Assange in September/October 2010. This is a compensation case and it is prior to what happens thereafter.
This lawsuit should be filed from England and/or Australia.
The defamation had a world wide destructive effect on Mr. Assange through all News Media globally.
There is already an approx. fund of #180.000 pound to proceed with this lawsuit and there is also legal help funds available for the process of such a case from the Australian Government in accordance to the law in Australia.

Britain should not sign any extradition of Mr. Assange until this lawsuit is in place in the Swedish Court filed by Assanges Swedish solicitor and Assange’s London solicitor Mr Stephens.

Mr Assange should have the human right to get out on bail from the custody in London so he can communicate this matter in full.

The defamation is the very core and is priority in this whole event!

Dec 08, 2010 8:25am EST  

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