By RFE RL
(RFE/RL) — British judges will decide today over WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s extradition to Sweden.
Assange, who has released thousands of secret U.S. diplomatic cables on his website, is wanted in Sweden where two WikiLeaks volunteers accuse him of sexual misconduct. Assange denies the allegations.
At a two-day hearing starting at the high security Belmarsh Magistrates’ Court in southeast London, Assange’s lawyers will try to persuade Judge Howard Riddle to refuse the Swedish extradition request.
Sweden is seeking Assange’s extradition under a European arrest warrant, introduced in 2004 to speed up extraditions between European Union member states.