News

Assange facing extradition to Sweden

Julian Assange
Julian Assange

WIKILEAKS founder and former Northern Rivers resident Julian Assange has moved a step closer to extradition to Sweden to face sex charges after losing an appeal in a the Supreme Court in London.

UK media is reporting Mr Assange has been given 14 days by the court to put an application to reopen the case, after five of the seven justices hearing the case found against his extradition appeal.

Mr Assange was not present for the verdict, apparently because he was stuck in traffic, The Guardian reports.

A statement released by the Supreme Court says it granted the two week stay after Mr Assange's lawyer, Dinah Rose QC, suggested the decision appeared to be based on a legal point that was not raised during the hearing.

Swedish authorities had been trying to extradite Mr Assange on the strength of a European Arrest Warrant, introduced to make extraditions between European countries easier by removing the need to provide evidence.

Mr Assange's legal team has argued extradition on the strength of a European Arrest Warrant was not possible because it was issued by a prosecutor instead of a judge or a court.

However, Ms Rose now says the justices in the majority verdict appear to have relied on the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties, which had not been mentioned during the case and which neither she nor the Swedish prosecutors had been given the opportunity to make submissions on.

The Guardian reports Australian journalist and Assange supporter John Pilger has said, if the bid to reopen the case fails, the next step would be to appeal to the European Court of Human Rights.

Topics:  julian assange supreme court sweden wikileaks



VIDEO: Snapshot of the Pacific Highway upgrade at Woodburn

Page MP Kevin Hogan at the Pacific Highway construction site at Woodburn.

Highway upgrade is "great news for our community"

Next crop of reluctant journos: OPINION

Why don't young people want to become journalists?

Journalism may not be glamorous, but there are stories to be told

Local Partners

Historian to explore social histories of Aboriginal communities

A NORTHERN Rivers historian has been awarded the prestigious $30,000 2016 NSW History Fellowship.


This week's Northern Rivers markets list

Craft, art and fresh produce merge at the local markets.

Where to get your fresh produce and coffee from

GALLERY: Summer meltdown with wrestling show

Apollo, the heavyweight champion of the International Wrestling Australia (IWA Pro Wrestling) which will bring its Summer Melt Down Tour to Evans Head in January 2017.

ORGANISERS have promised body-slamming, bone-crunching entertainment

Ten fantastic things to do on the Northern Rivers

CIRCUS ARTS: Superheroes and Supervillains will battle at out at the end of year show.

Superheroes, carols, dance parties and golf this week

BOOK REVIEW: The Mask of Command

This narrative from Anicent Rome has it all

The tech-version of the old pop-up book is here

IS THE old cardboard pop-up book a thing of the past?

Obama's private struggle laid bare in film

Australian actor Devon Terrell portrays a young Barack Obama in the Netflix original movie Barry. Supplied by Netflix.

Filmakers focus in on Obama's legacy

Brad Pitt's sons won't see him

Brad Pitt's eldest sons are reportedly "refusing" to see him.

Chris Pratt fell asleep while babysitting

Chris Pratt revealed he fell asleep during babysitting duties

Kylie Minogue: I want to get married soon

Pop star Kylie Minogue has revealed she hopes to get married soon

'Crucial' farm land eyed by defence department

Lawson Geddes moving the Brangus cattle to higher ground - which is the land the Defence Department is interested taking for the Shoalwater Bay expansion.

"You can't have one without the other.”

Former Shark Show for sale for $1.3 million

Vic Hislop at the old Shark Show.

TALK about a jaws-dropping real estate opportunity.

There's a whole lot of luxury in this home

The Endeavour Foundation's latest prize home in Mountain Creek.

WHEN it comes to desirable homes, it's hard to go past a prize home.

WATCH QTV: The highlights of your $150 million CBD

GRAND PLAN: The highlights of the Ipswich CBD redevelopment and where they will be located.

Work on city heart's radical transformation to begin next year

VOTE IN OUR POLL: Sand mine opponents face serious dilemma

Public meeting for the proposed sand mine at Maroochydore last week.

Coast MP calls on Minister to stop KRA proposal with stroke of a pen

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!