Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Assange Lawyer in court for appeal: "Risk extradition"

Just over 4 months of the decision at first instance by Judge Howard Riddle British extradition to Sweden, where the judiciary wants to interrogate and prosecute sex crimes for which two women accused him, is back today in the Julian Assange the High Court in London to discuss the appeal. There are two days of hearing.

The high court should notify its decision Thursday. Before the usual crowd of photographers waiting for him from early morning, the founder of Wikileaks has arrived wearing a gray suit, blue tie and white shirt, her face tense. Extradition is possible that fears Assange United States where he opened an investigation on him on the publication of secret documents about 250 thousand U.S. diplomatic authorities in the world.

According to his lawyers a possible extradition to America would put at risk the death penalty. Today in court the founder of Wikileaks is represented by Ben Emmerson and Gareth Pierce, an attorney best known in Britain in the defense of human rights, which has already announced plans to bring the case to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

"I think there is a risk of extradition," the Australian hacker said the lawyer just before the hearing. Assange has always denied the accusations, saying the idea of consenting relationship. Detained in police custody in December in London for a European arrest warrant issued in Stockholm, was then placed under house arrest in a property in the English countryside.

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