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Court rules that Julian Assange to be extradited to Sweden

An appeal is likely and must be submitted within the next seven days.

Julian Assange at court earlier this month
Julian Assange at court earlier this month
Image: AP Photo/Matt Dunham

A UK COURT HAS ordered that Wikileaks founder Julian Assange be extradited to Sweden on charges of rape and sexual assault.

The judge at Belmarsh magistrates court in London made the ruling this morning.

Assange will appeal the decision which is likely to delay the matter, reports Sky News.

The judge Howard Riddle heard legal submissions over the course of a two day hearing earlier this month. Assange had consistently denied the accusations made by two women last August.

Assange was arrested and bailed in December on suspicion of rape and sexual assault charges relating to two women in Sweden last year.

He had feared that if extradited to Sweden it would be more likely he would be extradited again to the US where he could face charges relating to the release of thousands of US embassy cables last year.

The judge said in his ruling that there was no evidence that Assange would be extradited to the US for torture, according to the BBC.

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