Julian Assange Extradition: WikiLeaks Founder To Seek Ruling From Supreme Court
The High Court today paved the way for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to pursue his case against extradition to Sweden in the Supreme Court.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange had returned to court to launch his latest bid to block extradition to Sweden where he faces sex crime allegations.
Assange asked two High Court judges in London to certify that his case raises a question of general public importance.
He will now go to the Supreme Court, the highest court in the land, to seek a final ruling.
The judges, Sir John Thomas and Mr Justice Ouseley, recently dismissed his application for judicial review.
They rejected his lawyers' claims that extraditing the 40-year-old Australian would be "unfair and unlawful".
The Swedish authorities want him to answer accusations of "raping" one woman and "sexually molesting and coercing" another in Stockholm in August last year.
Assange, whose WikiLeaks website published a mass of leaked diplomatic cables which embarrassed several governments and international businesses, denies the allegations and says they are politically motivated.
The High Court upheld a ruling by District Judge Howard Riddle at Belmarsh Magistrates' Court in south east London in February that the computer expert should be extradited to face investigation.