Assange Battling Extradition To Sweden

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is back in court today for a full extradition hearing over alleged sex offences.

The 39-year-old Australian is wanted by the Swedish authorities over claims that he sexually assaulted two women during a visit to Stockholm last August.

At Belmarsh Magistrates Court in London,his lawyers are expected to argue that he could face execution in the United States if he is extradited to Sweden.

They believe there is a “real risk” he could be extradited on to the US, where he could be detained in Guantanamo Bay or even face the death penalty.

The claim that he could face extradition to the US and even execution emerged in a skeleton argument released by his lawyers in the wake of a preparatory legal hearing at the same court last month.

Mr Assange’s legal team have also suggested that extraditing him to Sweden could breach Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), which bans torture.

The internet activist, who has been on bail since he handed himself into London Metropolitan Police in December, denies committing any offences and has vowed his work will continue as the extradition battle continues.

Wikileaks is currently mirrored on over 1400 websites, in order to ensure that it will not be brought down.

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