WikiLeaks' chief in final day of UK extradition fight

By REUTERS
July 13, 2011 17:21




LONDON - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange faces accusations of rape and sexual assault and should be extradited to Sweden to face them, lawyers acting for Swedish authorities told a British court on Wednesday.

The 40-year-old Australian computer expert is in the High Court in London for the final day of a two-day hearing after losing an initial challenge to the extradition order in February.

Swedish prosecutors want to question Assange about three allegations of sexual assault and one of rape made by two women, both WikiLeaks volunteers, in Sweden last August. Assange denies the allegations and no formal charges have yet been brought.

Assange's defence team has asked two judges to block his extradition, arguing the case was legally flawed and that sex had always been consensual.


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