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Assange court hears attacks on Swedish legal system


In London, the court hearing to decide whether or not Julian Assange will be extradited to Sweden has been adjourned until Friday when closing arguments will be heard.

The founder of the WikiLeaks website is wanted in Sweden after allegations of sexual misconduct.

Outside the hearing Assange said: “We see the unlimited budgets of Sweden and the UK being spent on this matter, and my rather limited budget being spent in response.”

The court heard a former Swedish prosecutor attack his country’s handling of the extradition proceedings. Assange’s lawyer threw down the gauntlet directly to the Swedish Director of Public Prosecutions. Mark Stephens said: ‘I challenge you Marianne Ny. Come to London, come on Friday, subject yourself to the cross examination.’

The 39-year-old Australian has infuriated Washington by releasing thousands of secret U.S. diplomatic cables on his website.

Assange’s lawyers claim he will not get a fair trial in Sweden.

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