Julian Assange loses extradition fight

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has lost his High Court bid to block extradition to Sweden where he faces sex crime allegations.

Two judges rejected claims that extraditing the 40-year-old Australian would be “unfair and unlawful”.

The Swedish authorities want him to answer accusations of “raping” one woman and “sexually molesting and coercing” another in Stockholm in August last year.

Assange, whose WikiLeaks website published a mass of leaked diplomatic cables that embarrassed several governments and international businesses, denies the allegations and says they are politically motivated.

Today the High Court upheld a ruling by District Judge Howard Riddle at Belmarsh Magistrates’ Court, south London, in February that the computer expert should be extradited to face investigation.

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