Jullian Assange,the man who has dedicated his life and all his work to bring real justice to the world, is now ironically facing injustice himself that justifies his entire battle for transparency and democracy once again.
WikiLeaks founder Jullian Assange will be extradited to Sweden if he doesn’t receive a different verdict from Belmarsh Court’s Judge Howard Riddle after his appeal next week.
“As I am satisfied that extradition is compatible with the defendant’s (European) Convention rights, I must order that Mr Assange be extradited to Sweden.” ,stated Judge Howard Riddle yesterday morning according to The Guardian .
Assange’s UK lawyer Mark Stephen said: “We still remain optimistic about our opportunity on appeal.” and criticised the tick-box justice of warrant system.
“I would say that what we are looking at here is political and legal rape of my son. I am obviously scared for him as a mother but the world ought to be scared for its democracies. ”said Assange’s mother Christine Assange ,according to Autralian Assciated Press.

Assange who had a press conference yesterday,after hearing of his extradition,also cricised European Arrest Warrant.

Wikileaks’ founder Jullian Assange and his lawyer Jennifer Robinson outside of the Belmarsh Court yesterday.

Introduction of European Arrest Warrant, that has been criticised by many NGOs including Fair Trial Internationals for its  inappropriate use and for violating the right to a fair trial.EAW reached to EU member states at the Leaken Summit in December 2001, just after 9/11 as Jullian Assange highlighted in his speech yesterday, outside  of the Belmarsh Court.
The Council of European Union states that EAW  has been used in a manner that doesn’t respect the principle of proportionality contained in article 5 of the Treaty establishing the European Community.
In the UK, persons arrested under EAW have recently been extradited for minor offences such as the stealing of ten chickens(Romania),theft of £20 worth of petrol(Czech Republic),according to Council of EU.
Please also visit this site to see Amy Goodman’s interview on the case with Glenn Greenwald.


The founder of the whistleblowing website Wikileaks, Julian Assange, will be sent to Sweden to face sex crime charges. A London Court has just ruled that Stockholm’s extradition bid has been successful. Lawyers for Assange have a week to appeal Thursday’s decision. Speaking to reporters outside the court in London, Assange said he would appeal the ruling and criticized the European arrest warra … Read More

via Maria Sevastaki’s Weblog


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