Julian Assange loses appeal against extradition

May 30, 2012, 14:17 IST | Agencies

Britain's Supreme Court backs extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to Sweden where he is charged with committing sexual offences.

Britain's Supreme Court today ruled that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange can be extradited to Sweden to face accusations of sex offences. 

"The request for Assange's extradition has been lawfully made and his appeal against extradition is accordingly is dismissed," said Supreme Court president Nicholas Phillips. 

Julian Assange

Justices reached their judgement by a majority of five to two, Lord Phillips told the hearing. 40-year-old Assange has spent the better part of last two years fighting attempts to send him to Sweden, where he is accused of sex crimes. 
Australian-born Assange denies wrongdoing, saying the sex was consensual, but has refused to go to Sweden, claiming he doesn't believe he'll get a fair trial there. Assange's lawyers said they may appeal against the judgement.

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