Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Verdict in Julian Assange's extradition appeal expected soon
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has surely used up nine lives already. Today the Supreme Court of the U.K. is to decide whether they will reconsider its verdict to extradite him to Sweden to be questioned about allegations of sexual misconduct.
The decision was expected on May 30, but Assange’s lawyer Dinah Rose, who had less than an hour to study the ruling, threw it back to the court once again. The court had made its ruling based on factors that had not been discussed at the hearing, which meant the defendant did not have the opportunity to refute them in court.
Rose and her team were given 14 days to file for a new appeal, and on Tuesday they so filed. If the new appeal is granted, the court will take its time receiving new documents and statements relating to the contentious issue, and it’s anyone’s bet how long the proceedings will last. If it isn’t granted, Assange will be extradited to Sweden within 10 days, where he will be held in isolation, able to communicate only through his lawyer, until such time as he is charged and tried.
To date, no charges of any nature have been filed against Assange, and the Swedish government has declined to question him on foreign soil.
In the meantime, Assange has remained at his borrowed country cottage, appearing in public only as a masked, mysterious figure Clark Stoekley. wearing a black Kevlar Anonymous mask by WikiLeaks Truck artist
His future is, at this point, just as dark and mysterious, but significantly less bulletproof.


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