WikiLeaks' Assange fights extradition to Sweden

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WikiLeaks' Assange fights extradition to Sweden

Post by NewsOnline on Mon Feb 07, 2011 4:37 am

WikiLeaks' Assange fights extradition to Sweden

LONDON | Mon Feb 7, 2011 5:52am EST

(Reuters) - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will try to persuade a British judge Monday to block his extradition to Sweden to face trial for sex crimes, arguing he could end up facing execution in the United States.

The 39-year-old Australian computer expert, who has infuriated the U.S. government by releasing thousands of secret diplomatic cables on his website, is wanted in Sweden where two WikiLeaks volunteers allege sexual misconduct. Assange denies the allegations.

At a two-day hearing starting Monday at the high security Belmarsh Magistrates' Court in southeast London, Assange's lawyers will try to persuade Judge Howard Riddle to refuse the Swedish extradition request.

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