Thursday, February 24, 2011
A UK Court has granted a request to extradite Julian Assange to Sweden to face rape and sexual assault charges.
District Judge Howard Riddle of Belmarsh Magistrates' Court in south London ruled the extradition would 'not breach Mr Assange's human rights.'
Assange is not pleased, to say the least:
"What we saw today at Belmarsh was a rubber-stamping process. It comes as no surprise, but is nonetheless wrong."
"There was no consideration during this entire process as to the merits of the allegations made against me, no consideration or examination of even the complaints made in Sweden."
Actually, what Assange is really worrying about is a possible extradition to the US. Assange's lawyer brought that up during the hearing two weeks ago, claiming his client could ultimately be extradited to the US on separate charges relating to Wikileaks and could face the death penalty there.
Clare Montgomery QC, for the Swedish authorities responded that Sweden provided "protection against that sort of threat and violation" taking place.
The European Court of Human Rights would intervene if Mr Assange was to face the prospect of "inhuman or degrading treatment or an unfair trial" in the US, she said.
Posted by Freedom Fighter at 8:47 AM