Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has lost his appeal to the High Court in London. The High Court ruled that Assange can be extradited to Sweden to face questioning on charges of sexual assault and rape. Assange, who was in court to hear the verdict can appeal the decision to the Supreme Court. If there is no further appeal, Assange can be taken to Sweden within two weeks.
Assange’s lawyers had argued that the decision by Swedish prosecutors to seek Assange’s extradition was disproportionate, a notion the High Court rejected.
“In any event, this is self evidently not a case relating to a trivial offense, but to serious sexual offenses,”said the High Court. “There can be no doubt that if what Mr. Assange had done had been done in England and Wales, he would have been charged,” the ruling said.
Assange did not answer questions from the press as he left the courtroom. He made a short statement and referred the audience to the website swedenversusassange.com if they wanted to know what was going on.
Assange has lived on the estate of a befriended journalist under close supervision and conditions. He is required to wear an ankle bracelet and must report to police daily. Assange’s website has run into financial problems recently and is in danger of stopping operation by the end of the year if financial donations don’t roll in.