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Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, could be at “real risk” of the death penalty or detention in Guantánamo Bay if he is extradited to Sweden on accusations of rape and sexual assault, his lawyers claim. In a skeleton summary of their defence against attempts by the Swedish director of public prosecutions to extradite him, released today, Assange’s legal team argue that there is a similar likelihood that the US would subsequently seek his extradition “and/or illegal rendition”, “where there will be a real risk of him being detained at Guantánamo Bay or elsewhere”. Read more
6.01pm: Julian Assange walks out of the High Court with a hand raised.
“It’s great to smell the fresh air of London again.”
He thanks all the people around the world who have had faith in him and his lawyers, sureties “in the face of great difficulty and aversion”, also members of the press “who were not all taken in” and finally the British justice system.
“If justice is not always the outcome, at least it is not dead yet.”
Sky is saying Assange will be coming out of the high court in five minutes time.
Julian Assange has just been released.
Sweden tonight decided to fight a British judge’s decision to grant bail to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has spent more than a week in prison over sexual assault allegations involving two Swedish women.
A dramatic day in and around City of Westminster magistrates court saw Assange win bail, but then be forced to return to what his lawyer Mark Stephens described as “Dickensian conditions” at Wandsworth prison while the international legal battle played out.
The WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, will try to win his release from prison today afternoon, a week after being held on remand after Sweden requested his arrest over allegations that he sexually assaulted two women. Even if the judge at Westminster magistrates court in London grants Assange bail, he could still be held.
The Crown Prosecution Service, which will represent the Swedish authorities in the UK court, has the right to appeal against any bail decision. Usually the suspect would be held in custody until an appeal hearing anyway.