UK: Julian Assange back in court to fight for bail

December 16, 2010 13:34

LONDON — A judge is deciding Thursday whether WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will be freed or remain in prison, as authorities appeal a court's decision to grant bail to the public face of the secret-spilling website.

Assange arrived in a prison van at the High Court in London, where judge Duncan Ouseley will hear an appeal by British prosecutors acting on behalf of Sweden. Scores of reporters jammed the corridor outside the courtroom, and Assange's British lawyer, Mark Stephens, was swarmed by photographers and TV cameras as he walked into the neo-Gothic building.

"We are hopeful but of course it is a matter entirely for the judge," Stephens said.

Assange has been in prison since Dec. 7, following his surrender to British police over a Swedish sex-crimes warrant. He denies wrongdoing but is refusing to surrender to Sweden's request to extradite him for questioning.

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