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Assange Fights Extradition To Sweden

Feb 8, 2011 10:34:40 PM - thesundayleader.lk

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange arrives at Belmarsh Magistrates' Court in London on Feb. 8. His lawyers argued against his extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning in a case involving the sexual assault of two women. Alastair Grant/AP

Lawyers sparred over who was being more uncooperative: Julian Assange or Swedish prosecutors, as Assange’s Swedish extradition case entered its second day on Tuesday(8).

Sweden is attempting to extradite Assange, currently in the UK, over charges of sexual assault. the allegations are that Assange raped one woman and molested another last August, during a visit to Stockholm. Assange denies wrongdoing, and so far has not been charged with a crime.

Lawyers on Assange’s side argue that Assange should not be extradited because he repeatedly tried to meet with prosecutors while he was still in Sweden; the Case was opened in September 1 and he only left Sweden on September 27. However, a lawyer representing prosecutor Marianne Ny said that it was Ny who tried repeatedly and unsuccessfully to schedule interrogation with Assange, who allegedly “went missing for a week”.

The sexual-assault allegations surfaced at the end of August, in the wake of WikiLeaks’ publication of thousands of classified U.S. documents which led to broad US federal investigations. Assange was arrested in the UK on Dec 7 after Swedish authorities issued an arrest warrant.