A British court has agreed to extradite Julian Assange to Sweden where the Wikileaks founder is accused of sex offences.
The judge rejected arguments that the Australian wouldn’t get a fair trial after the Swedish prime minister called him ‘public enemy number one’.
Afterwards, Assange again claimed the case against him was politically motivated, and criticised what he called a ‘rubber-stamp’ EU extradition procedure. He asked:
“Why is it that I am kept under electronic house arrest when I have not even been charged in any country? This case is not just about me, it is not just about the pressure the United States brings to bear on the United Kingdom and on Sweden and on the media, it offers a hope for reform of the EU arrest warrant system.”
His supporters fear he may end up being extradited from Sweden to the US and could even face the death penalty over Wikileaks’ disclosures.
But the judge said he believed Assange was wanted in Sweden purely on sex charges.
Assange, who denies the allegations, has 40 days to appeal.