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Supreme Court dismisses Assange appeal

31st May 2012

The extradition to Sweden of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been confirmed after a Supreme Court appeal ended in defeat.

Despite the support of professionals holding some of the top barrister and lawyer jobs in London, Supreme Court president Lord Phillips eventually ruled that the UK would have been in breach of a European legal framework if the extradition request were refused.

Assange, who will now face trial for sex offence allegations, had argued with his legal team that conditions surrounding the warrant for his arrest – which was supposedly issued on the basis of the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties agreement – were not properly considered during the hearing.

However, it was concluded that the judicial clout held by the Swedish Prosecution Authority was sufficient to have made the warrant legally binding and acceptable. 

The judgement will come as a blow to supporters of Assange, whose case has been working its way through European courts since the middle of 2010.