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Thursday 16 August 2018

Assange to hear extradition decision

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was due to hear today whether he will be extradited to Sweden for alleged sex offences.

The 39-year-old Australian faces three charges of sexually assaulting one woman and one charge of raping another during a week-long visit to Stockholm in August.

During a two-and-a-half-day extradition hearing earlier this month at Belmarsh Magistrates' Court in south London, Assange's lawyers argued that if he was sent to Sweden he was likely to face a "secret" trial held behind closed doors.

They have also claimed extradition would breach his human rights and said he could ultimately be taken against his will to the United States and executed.

District Judge Howard Riddle will deliver his judgment on whether the whistleblower should be forced to return to the country to stand trial.

If the decision goes against him, Assange is expected to appeal to the High Court.

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