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Assange appeals Swedish arrest warrant - again

'Don't hunt my son', says mother of WikiLeaks chief
The story of WikiLeaks' Julian Assange, the elusive whistleblower

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Tuesday appealed to Sweden's Supreme Court to overturn a ruling he should be detained for questioning on allegations of rape, the high court said.

"We received the appeal today," Kerstin Norman, the case handler on the docket, told AFP.

The Stockholm district court ordered, on November 18, an arrest warrant for Assange for questioning on "probable cause suspected of rape, sexual molestation and unlawful coercion" in Sweden in August.

The court order allowed prosecutor Marianne Ny, who had requested Assange's detention, to prepare an international arrest warrant for the 39-year-old Australian, who travels constantly and whose whereabouts are mainly kept secret.

Assange, whose whistleblower website unleashed a new storm at the weekend by beginning a massive release of classified US diplomatic cables, appealed the lower court order, but his petition was rejected by the Stockholm Appeals Court last week.

Norman said the country's highest court would first need to determine whether to hear the case at all.

"This is a so-called high-priority case, so that decision should go quickly," she said, adding she expected the ruling to come "tomorrow, the day after, but also perhaps next week."

"If no trial permit is given, the appeals court verdict will stand, but if a permit is given, we will reconsider whether the detention order was correct," she said.

Such a hearing would also likely go quickly, Norman said, adding it would take anywhere from "a few weeks to over a month, depending on the circumstances."

Assange's lawyers both in Sweden and Britain have decried prosecutor Ny's decision to seek their client's arrest simply to interrogate him, insisting he had proposed several dates and times for questioning, but had been turned down.

WikiLeaks began at the weekend slowly releasing around 250,000 sensitive US diplomatic cables, again sending shockwaves around the world after its two other mega-leaks this year involving hundreds of thousands of classified files on the US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

 

Last Updated (Wednesday, 01 December 2010 10:43)

 

Comments 

 
#7 2010-12-06 21:52
They just want to frame him under Swedish Law. EVEN IF he did do such things, who cares? The US government has been verbally raping countries behind close doors for years now, if anything, the America as a whole should be locked away with the rest of its secretive filth. It isn't Assange who is breaching security, its the people who are saying all this who are breaching peace. He's only letting their sick conversations of others out for them to see the true nature of the United States of America
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#6 2010-12-05 19:11
Swedish condoms are demonstrably insufficient to prevent wiki leaks.
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#5 2010-12-05 15:13
He is accused of having consensual sex with a women and having the condom break during the act. A couple of right-wing Swedish politicians, with ties to the USA, are trying to have him charged with "rape" under Swedish law.

http://www.businessinsider.com/julian-assange-sex-crimes-2010-12
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#4 2010-12-05 03:21
John Pinto: http://www.swedishwire.com/component/content/article/2-politics/7283-julian-assange-challenges-swedish-arrest-ruling

Seeing as the charges were laid the month following the first big leaks about the US this case is nothing but Bull[censored]. Consensual = Consensual not rape. Publishing things the Americans cover up now means consensual = rape.
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#3 2010-12-04 00:06
Is it true that Julian Assange has been accused of not using a condom during consensual sex with the two accusers by Swedish Prosecutors?

If True, this will make Sweden the laughing-stock in the World and US's second after the UK.
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#2 2010-12-02 18:35
Dr. WS is a pud-[censored], as is Assuage. Assuage, and all spies must be dispensed with in true military fashion. Dr. WS needs to get some type of social interaction, in order to release his sexual frustration, over inability to
1. Meet Karl Rove. 2. Have sex with Mulatto American president. 3. Have sex with Karl Rove. 4. Become number 1 Norwegian mass homicidal maniac. You are a misfit and have no place is society. Maybe you, Assuage need to get a room. Dr. Feelgood
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#1 2010-12-01 14:05
Assange's mom great. Assange needs Nobel Peace Prize. Swedes must request; 1)Norwegians demand Obama's Peace Prize and its money back. 2) Interpol withdraw arrest warrant for courageous Assange, 3) Interpol order arrest warrant for Karl Rove, 4) Norwegians to refute the Norwegian ancestry of Karl Rove. Dr. WS
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