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Wikileaks founder Assange wins latest round of legal battle to appeal extradition (2)


09:29, December 06, 2011

Two leading judges in the High Court backed part of Assange's appeal. They said they would allow one of two questions posed by his lawyers to be put to the Supreme Court, because it was of sufficient public importance. The question is whether an EAW can be issued by a public prosecutor.

Assange argues that it cannot. The Supreme Court will now decide if it will hear Assange's case, but it is not under an obligation to do so.

Assange went into hiding in Europe after the allegations were made by the two women, fearing that his return to Sweden would lead eventually to his extradition to the United States to face the anger of the authorities over his publishing of the diplomatic cables.

He surrendered to police in London at the end of 2010, and was initially held in prison. After a series of court appearances Assange was granted bail, on strict conditions including a curfew and his agreement to live in a fixed place.

Throughout 2011 he has fought a high-profile and expensive battle through successively higher courts to avoid extradition, and has lost at each stage.

His legal options are now nearly exhausted, and Assange will be pinning his hopes on the Supreme Court agreeing to hear his case, and then on backing his appeal.

Assange now has 14 days to submit his written appeal to the Supreme Court and is now likely to remain in Britain until at least the early New Year.

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