Feeds

Assange demands that Supreme Court reopen extradition case

WikiLeaks supremo wants to avoid Swedish summer heat

The smart choice: opportunity from uncertainty

WikiLeaker-in-chief Julian Assange is pushing to have his extradition hearing reopened after his lawyer won a two-week delay to consider the verdict that went against him late last month.

The Justice4Assange website confirmed today that, as expected, the 40-year-old Australian has applied to have his case aired in court again.

On 30 May, the UK's Supreme Court ruled that Assange should be extradited to Sweden to face accusations of sexual harassment and rape. His appeal against that action was chucked out by judges with five members to two dismissing his argument to remain in Blighty.

At the time, the Supreme Court panel concluded that the Swedish public prosecutor, who demanded that Assange return to Sweden and issued a European Arrest Warrant, could be considered a judicial authority - thus enabling an extradition to take place.

However, Assange's QC Dinah Rose immediately noted in response to that judgment that the beaks had based their decision on the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties. That could be critical in helping to get the case reopened because it had not even been discussed or argued during previous proceedings.

"The points being made as to the applicability of the Vienna Convention are serious issues in international law," the Justice4Assange campaign website said.

The Register drilled into the detail of the Supreme Court judgment in which we noted that of the judges who mulled over whether Assange should be returned to Sweden to face questioning from prosecutors in that country, six mentioned the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties in summing up.

The Supreme Court spokesman gave us this statement in response to Assange's bid to get his case reopened today: "There is no timescale for the Justices to determine this application. We will issue a briefing when a decision is made." ®

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications

More from The Register

next story
ONE EMAIL costs mining company $300 MEEELION
Environmental activist walks free after hoax sent share price over a cliff
HP, Microsoft prove it again: Big Business doesn't create jobs
SMEs get lip service - what they need is dinner at the Club
ITC: Seagate and LSI can infringe Realtek patents because Realtek isn't in the US
Land of the (get off scot) free, when it's a foreign owner
Arrr: Freetard-bothering Digital Economy Act tied up, thrown in the hold
Ministry of Fun confirms: Yes, we're busy doing nothing
UK.gov's Open Source switch WON'T get rid of Microsoft, y'know
What do you mean, we've ditched Redmond in favour of IBM?!
Help yourself to anyone's photos FOR FREE, suggests UK.gov
Copyright law reforms will keep m'learned friends busy
Putin: Crack Tor for me and I'll make you a MILLIONAIRE
Russian Interior Ministry offers big pile o' roubles for busting pro-privacy browser
Apple smacked with privacy sueball over Location Services
Class action launched on behalf of 100 million iPhone owners
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Prevent sensitive data leakage over insecure channels or stolen mobile devices.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.