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Julian Assange To Hear Verdict On Swedish Extradition Next Week

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Julian Assange will find out whether he will be extradited to Sweden to face trial for sex crimes | ASSOCIATED PRESS

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will find out next week whether or not he has won a battle to prevent being extradited to Sweden to face sex attack allegations.

Accused of raping a woman and sexually molesting and coercing another in Stockholm last year, lawyers claimed his conduct was “disturbing but not illegal” at a hearing in July.

A decision on the extradition will be made next Wednesday 2 November by the High Court in London.

Assange has previously argued that extradition would infringe his rights and due to the political nature of his work, he would not face a fair trial in Sweden.

Wikileaks has published thousands of sensitive documents from governments around the world, upsetting in particular the US administration.

The 40-year-old Australian claims that any accusations of sex crimes are politically motivated. WikiLeaks staffer Joseph Farrell said apart from confirmation of the date of the hearing, the court had sent no other details.

Despite this, Howard Riddle at Belmarsh Magistrates' Court, south London, ruled that he should be extradited to face trial in Sweden in February.

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