Assange Extradition Takes a New Turn
Created: 2012-06-07 14:44 EST
A week has passed since the British Supreme Court ruled that Julian Assange would be extradited to Sweden.
The British lawyers representing Assage are now trying their best to reopen the case to prevent the WikiLeaks founder’s extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted for rape and sexual assault.
Per Samuelsson is defending Julian Assange in Sweden. He says that Assange could be a free man if the Supreme Court reopens the case.
[Per E Samuelsson, Swedish Lawyer]:
”The 30th of May the Supreme Court in United Kingdom decided to that Assange shall be handed over to Sweden but there were some formal mistake in that judgment and therefore there have been 14 days for Julian Assange’s English lawyers to appeal the reopening of the supreme court case. ”
In August 2010, Julian Assange was in Sweden, trying to obtain a publication license for the WikiLeaks website when he met the two women who now accuse him of sexual assault.
Julian Assange claims that he is innocent and that he does not want to surrender to Swedish law.
If he is innocent, why does he not dare to come to Sweden and meet the women?
[Per E Samuelsson, Lawyer]:
”Because he does not want to go there and be put under arrest he finds that humiliating he finds it unnecessary. When you are in prison you are not allowed to speak to anyone without your lawyer you can’t prepare yourselves, you cant rest in your own apartment or in a house you cant meet with friends you can’t discuss with your lawyer under good condition.”
On June 14, Assange´s lawyers in Britain will file to reopen the case at the British Supreme Court. The court’s decision, whether or not to reopen the case, will be known sometime late June or early July. That means the Swedish court case will have been halted for almost two years.
NTD News Stockholm, Sweden