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Britain's top court upholds Assange extradition

Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - 01:09

May 30 - Britain's Supreme Court rules that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange can be extradited to Sweden over sex crime allegations. Travis Brecher reports.

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Britain's Supreme Court rules to allow the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to Sweden over alleged sex crimes. Judges at the country's highest court rejected by a majority of 5 to 2 Assange's claim that a European Arrest warrant was invalid. His lawyers had argued that the Swedish public prosecutor did not have the legal authority to issue the warrant. The court disagreed. (SOUNDBITE) (English) LORD NICHOLAS PHILLIPS, PRESIDENT OF THE SUPREME COURT, SAYING: "The majority has concluded that the Swedish public prosecutor was a judicial authority, within the meaning of both the framework decision and the extradition act. It follows that the request for Mr Assange's extradition has been lawfully made and his appeal against extradition is accordingly dismissed." Swedish prosecutors want to question Assange over allegations of rape and sexual assault made by two female former WikiLeaks volunteers. Assange's legal team was granted 14 days to lodge an appeal. Travis Brecher, Reuters

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Britain's top court upholds Assange extradition

Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - 01:09