Wikileaks founder Julian Assange loses Supreme Court hearing

Judges green light extradition to Sweden.

Julian Assange

Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange, is to be extradited to Sweden, where he is facing an investigation into alleged sexual offences.

The Supreme Court dismissed Assange's appeal by a majority of five to two in their judgment.

Assange's lawyers had claimed the European Arrest Warrant that had been issued was "unlawful and invalid" and there were also concerns that he would face extradition to the US.

The Swedish authorities want to question Assange after allegations of rape and sexual molestation were brought against him by two women.

Assange claims the allegations are politically motivated. He founded WikiLeaks in 2006 and since then it has became a notorious whistle-blowing website leaking confidential diplomatic cables.

In a statement, the Supreme Court indicated steps that Assange may now take.

"Following this morning's judgment by the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom in Assange v The Swedish Prosecution Authority, Dinah Rose (counsel for the appellant, Mr Assange) has indicated that she may make an application to re-open the Court's decision," the statement read.

"Rose suggested that the majority of the Court appear to have based their decision on the interpretation of the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties, on which no argument was heard."

The Supreme Court has granted Assange's legal team 14 days an application to re-open the case. If an application is made, the Justices will then decide whether to re-examine the appeal and may accept further submissions on the matter.

Once Assange has exhausted all his legal options in the UK, he could still lodge an appeal with the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

Assange was originally arrested by the Metropolitan Police in London in December 2010. Since then there have been a number of court appearances as he has resisted attempts to be extradited to Sweden for questioning.

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