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British Court Rules Assange's Extradition to Sweden Updated: 2011-02-25 00:00:00 KST

A British Judge ruled Thursday that Wikileaks' founder Julian Assange should be extradited from Britain to Sweden within the next ten days.
Swedish authorities sought Assange's extradition for questioning about three allegations of sexual assault and one of rape during his brief visit to the Scandinavian country last summerunder a fast-track European arrest warrant.
Assange has denied any wrongdoing from the beginning and his lawyers have argued that he will not get a free trial in Sweden, where hearings of rape cases take place behind closed doors.
However, Judge Howard Riddle dismissed the argument, saying that such extraditions are commonplaceand he rejected the claim that Assange's image in Sweden could corrupt the course of justice.
Meanwhile, Assange's lawyers are planning to appeal the ruling in London's High Court.
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