Wikileaks’ founder Julian Assange has been tried by the U.K. legal system for quite some time, over Sweden’s demands that he be extradited to Sweden over alleged charges of rape and sexual assault. Assange has been fighting the accusations with many having speculated that the accusations may be simply to malign him over the creation of Wikileaks.
The case has entered its final round, at least when it comes to the U.K. part of the case. The Supreme Court is expected probably to sway against Assange. However, that is not to deter the former computer hacker from putting in all his efforts.
Assange has now asked the Supreme Court to re-open his appeal against extradition. According to a court spokesman, “Lawyers for Julian Assange have lodged papers to apply to re-open the appeal, as expected, for the reasons set out in the hearing.”
This is a very surprising move by Assange, one that had not been expected. The court had just rejected Assange’s objection that the Swedish prosecutor was not entitled to issue arrest warrants for him. Now, the court may take one of three possible courses over Assange’s request: it can either reject it altogether, ask for further submission of written documents or simply hold a new hearing on this issue.
Interestingly, the court hasn’t given any definition deadline in which a decision may be taken on Assange’s new request. Even if Assange is denied the request and is extradited to Sweden, that will follow yet another long round of hearings in Sweden to determine whether or not he is guilty.
Courtesy: Sweden Versus Assange