Assange’s appeal against extradition to Sweden has been turned down at the High Court in London this morning. Assange has 14 days to appeal to the Supreme Court against the ruling if he can show that there are issues at stake of “public importance”. For now his bail conditions are unchanged. £19,000 legal costs have been awarded against him.
Supporters gathered outside the court from early this morning with candles, placards and banners. The media scrum turned up with stepladders.
Assange spoke briefly after the hearing to those gathered outside:
I have not been charged with any crime in any country. Despite this, the European Arrest Warrant is so restrictive that it prevents UK courts from considering the facts of a case, as judges have made clear here today. We will be considering steps in the days ahead. The full judgment will be available on SwedenversusAssange.com No doubt there will be many attempts to try to spin these proceedings as occurred today, but they are really technical. Please go to SwedenversusAssange.com if you want to know what is really going on in this case.