Julian Assange loses extradition appeal

Julian Assange: "We will be considering our next step"

WRITTEN BY: Janelle Vreeland
Julian Assange
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Julian Assange

Julian Assange has lost his high court extradition appeal.

The Guardian reports that Assange has lost the fight against extradition to Sweden to face rape and secual assault allegations. Assange remains on bail pending a decision on a further appeal. The judges dismissed arguments that the warrant was invalid and that the descriptions of the alleged offenses were unfair and inaccurate. The court also ruled that the issuing of the warrant and subsequent proceedings were "proportionate."

Assange told the crowd, "We will be considering our next step." Assange's lawyers will take 14 days to decide whether to seek the right to appeal the supreme court.

Assange added, "No doubt there will be many attempts made to try to spin these proceedings as they occured today but they were merely technical. So please go to swedenversusassange.com if you wish to know what is really going on in this case."

At the aforementioned site, users can download a copy of the judgment and a summary of the case.

Assange's extradition stems from accusations that he raped and sexually assaulted two women in Sweden in 2010.

Read more from The Guardian here.

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