Ruling due in London on Assange extradition

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Ruling due in London on Assange extradition

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Britain’s Supreme Court is expected to rule today on whether WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange can be extradited to Sweden over alleged sex crimes.

The whistleblower has been fighting a lengthy legal battle since being arrested 18 months ago.

The drawn-out process has left one former prosecutor in Stockholm baffled.

“We have been waiting so long now for a decision by the Supreme Court in London that I have never ever thought it could take that time,” said Sven-Erik Alhem, a former Swedish prosecutor.

Assange denies allegations of rape and sexual assault, filed after he visited Sweden in 2010. Lawyers are arguing the warrant for his arrest is invalid.

Assange gained international prominence after his WikiLeaks website starting leaking classified US documents.

If Assange loses his appeal, he can take his case to the European Court of Human Rights.