WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange has 15 days to appeal against his extradition to Sweden.
London’s High Court has ruled he has a case to answer on rape accusations in Stockholm, and any appeal must now go to the Supreme Court. Study the facts like in a normal extradition, insists Assange.
“I have not been charged with any crime in any country. Despite this, the European arrest warrant is so restrictive that it prevents UK courts from considering the facts of a case as judges have made clear here today. We will be considering our next step in the days ahead,” he said after the verdict.
In an extradition the UK judge would consider the evidence from the country of the crime, but not with a European Arrest Warrant.
“Assange can still appeal to the British Supreme Court, and then we will have to wait another month, or couple of months maybe, but I am quite sure in the end he will be extradited to Sweden,” says Claes Borgstrom, lawyer for the two women bringing rape charges against Assange.
He is also convinced the Supreme Court will refuse the appeal on the grounds it is not over a point of law in the common interest.
Assange has already said WikiLeaks could close by the end of the year from lack of money if three big financial houses continue to refuse to process donation payments made to WikiLeaks by credit card or money transfer.