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Extradition decision on Wikileaks' Assange put back

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Extradition decision on Wikileaks' Assange put back

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A British court has deferred a decision on whether to allow Wikileaks’ founder Julian Assange to be extradited to Sweden over allegations of sexual assault and rape.

A written judgment will be handed down at a future unspecified date.

Assange is seeking to overturn a ruling in February which gave the green light to extradition.

He argues the case is politically motivated and he could end up being sent to the US for possible trial over his website’s disclosures of diplomatic cables.

The strong support for Assange from free speech activists cuts little ice in Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning following complaints from two women.

At the latest hearing in London, Swedish prosecution lawyers said the women had been coerced into sex.

His defence argues they consented.