Assange appeals against extradition

Assange appeals against extradition

Lawyers for Assange challenged a ruling by District Judge Howard Riddle at Belmarsh Magistrates' Court in south London that extradition should go ahead.

Ben Emmerson, lawyer appearing for Assange, 40, told two judges the European arrest warrant on which he was being held was flawed because it failed to provide "a fair, accurate and proper" description of the alleged sexual misconduct.

Assange, according to Emmerson, was a victim of a "philosophical and judicial mismatch" between English and Swedish law on what constituted sex crimes.

He is wanted by the Swedish prosecution authority to answer questions on three allegations of sexual assault and one of rape, reported to have been committed in Stockholm last August.

The accusations were made by two female WikiLeaks volunteers.

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