ASSANGE TO PLAY HIS FINAL CARD IN EXTRADITION BATTLE DEC 5
WikiLeaks chief Julian Assange will Monday, December 5, play his final card in a lengthy legal battle to avoid extradition to Sweden over rape claims when he appeals to Britain's top court to overturn the order, AFP reports.
Almost a year after his arrest over rape and sexual assault allegations, the 40-year-old Australian will ask two judges at London's High Court to decide whether his appeal can proceed to the Supreme Court.
For the appeal to be heard in Britain's highest court, the judges must rule the case raises a question of general public importance.
Monday's hearing comes a month after the former hacker lost his first appeal against deportation.
If the ruling goes against Assange, the British leg of his legal battle will end and he faces extradition to Sweden within 10 days, an outcome that would mark a new low for the WikiLeaks boss after a string of controversies.
Swedish police want to quiz Assange over allegations made by two Swedish women of sex crimes, which he strongly denies.
Assange claims the allegations are politically motivated and linked to the activities of his anti-secrecy website, which angered the United States by publishing thousands of classified documents last year.
According to the website Sweden Vs. Assange, which supports his case, his legal team will question whether a European Arrest Warrant issued by a state prosecutor is valid.
They will also query whether he can be defined as "accused" despite having not been prosecuted, the website added.
Swedish prosecutors want to question Assange on suspicion of two counts of sexual molestation and an accusation of rape made by two Swedish women in August 2010.
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