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Assange Lawyers Ask U.K. Supreme Court to Reconsider Extradition

June 12, 2012

Julian Assange, founder of the anti- secrecy website WikiLeaks, filed a challenge to a decision by the U.K.’s top court that allows him to be extradited to Sweden to face rape charges.

Assange’s lawyers asked the Supreme Court to re-open the case to consider a specific point of law, court spokesman Ben Wilson said. The court can decide not to review the case and such appeals are rare, he said.

Assange lost his appeal to a lower court’s ruling to send him to Sweden where he is wanted on rape charges following an 18-month legal fight which ended in the Supreme Court on May 30. His lawyer, Dinah Rose, said at the time she hadn’t been allowed to take issue with part of the ruling dealing with a European treaty on extraditions.

The claims by two women that Assange sexually assaulted them became public around the same time he posted classified U.S. military and diplomatic cables on the WikiLeaks website. Assange, an Australian, claimed Sweden fabricated the arrest warrant to assist the U.S. in punishing him for the breach.

Gareth Peirce, another lawyer for Assange, didn’t immediately return a phone-call seeking comment on the latest filing.

To contact the reporter on this story: Kit Chellel in London at cchellel@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Anthony Aarons at aaarons@bloomberg.net


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