WikiLeaks' Assange Resumes Court Battle

08 Feb 2011

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Julian Assange

The man at the centre of the WikiLeaks storm has returned to court to continue his fight against extradition to Sweden, reports SkyNews.

Lawyers for Julian Assange are pressing home their argument that the case in which he is accused of rape and sexual offences is politically motivated.

They claim, if sent to Sweden, there is a risk he will be passed to the US where he could face torture and the death penalty for his whistle-blowing activities.

In dramatic testimony on Monday, a former Swedish appeal judge claimed the female prosecutor in the case was "biased against men" and her actions were malicious.
Looking ahead to today's hearing, Assange told reporters: "A black box has been applied to my life.

"On the outside of that box has been written the word "rape". That box is now, thanks to an open court process, being opened.
"I hope that over the next day we will see that box is in fact empty and has nothing to do with the words that were on the outside of it."
But lawyers acting for Swedish prosecutors dismissed Assange's claims he would be denied a fair trial in a country where sexual offences trials are usually held in private.
Assange denies sexually assaulting one woman and raping another during a trip to Stockholm last August.

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