Julian Assange Ordered Extradited Back to Sweden
District Judge Howard Riddle rejected arguments that Assange would not get a fair trial in Sweden due to the country’s custom of excluding press and the public from sexual assault trials.
Riddle also said it is a “reasonable assumption” that Assange “was deliberately avoiding interrogation” before the period he left Sweden, when prosecutors were in negotiations with his attorney to question him.
Assange has seven days to appeal the ruling. If he doesn’t appeal, extradition could proceed in 10 days, Riddle said during the reading of the judgement in Belmarsh Magistrates’ Court in southeast London. The 56-page ruling has been published online.
The 39-year-old Australian is accused of unlawful coercion, sexual molestation and rape for incidents with two women last August that Assange maintains were consensual. He still has not been charged by Swedish prosecutors, a fact his attorneys used to argue against extradition. If he is charged and convicted, Assange could face a maximum of four years in prison.
Nothing wrong with being an a-hole, but if you’re an a-hole who refuses to submit to a simple examination for sexually-transmitted diseases, and it takes this much to nail you even though the United States wants your head on a plate for treason (but can’t yet prove a damn thing and may even have the wrong guy in solitary)…you deserve all you get for better or for worse.
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~ by blksista on February 24, 2011.
Posted in American Foreign Policy, American History, American Politics, Class, Cultural History, Journalism and Ethics, Obama Administration, Public Intellectualism, Sexuality, The Mainstream Media (MSM), The Rest of the World, Women
Tags: Australia, Australian, Consenting Adults, Extradition, Julian Assange, London, Magistrates' Court, Sexual Assault, STDs, Sweden, Treason, United States, WikiLeaks