Latest Assange extradition appeal bid dismissed
15th June 2012
The legal team representing Wikileaks founder Julian Assange have failed in their attempt to reopen an appeal against his extradition from the UK on the grounds of sex offence allegations.
Despite employing the services of a top QC and a number of other solicitors with leading London lawyer jobs, the Australian was unable to convince Supreme Court officials that the arrest warrant issued to him by the Swedish Prosecution Authority was not legally watertight.
The court again rejected Assange’s claim that the provisions of the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties not being discussed in February’s appeal hearing effectively rendered Lord Phillips’s judgement illegitimate, instead ruling that international law had been upheld at all times.
Although this latest defeat means that Assange will surely now not be able to avoid being flown to Sweden, he and his representatives may take heart from the fact that this most recent hearing did confirm that the 40-year-old is not facing any charges relating to the accusations; he is only wanted for questioning.