Top UK court to hear Assange extradition appeal

December 16, 2011 15:49

LONDON - Britain's Supreme Court, the country's highest judicial body, said on Friday it had granted permission for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to appeal against extradition to Sweden where he is accused of sex offenses.

The court said a two-day hearing had been scheduled for Feb 1. next year. Swedish authorities want to question the 40-year-old Australian over accusations of rape and sexual assault made by two female former WikiLeaks volunteers in August 2010.

Assange, who has been living in Britain since his arrest in December last year, denies wrongdoing and has been fighting a legal battle to avoid being sent back to Sweden.

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