Assange to remain in prison despite bail
Uk: Despite having being granted release on bail by the Westminster
court, the founder of Wikileaks website Julian Assange should remain in
jail at least for 48 hours in the wake of an appeal filed by Sweedish
Following versions saying otherwise, Sweedish justice announced that
it would appeal against the ruling of British Judge Howard Riddle, who
granted a 23,000- euro bail to Assange under strict terms.
Assange’s lawyer Mark Stephens criticized Sweedish authorities for
failing to comply with the judge’s ruling and said they would spare no
expenses to keep his defendant in jail under alleged charges of sexual
harassment and rape.
The Wikileaks founder recently revealed nearly 250,000 cables of the
secret diplomatic mail of the US State Department and is embassies
abroad, increasing US upset and persecution. In case his freedom on bail
prospers, Assange is required to carry a GPS device and give his
passport to police.
On January 11 he should appear again before the Westminster court to
declare on his possible extradition to Sweden, as ruled by the British
The hearing today was held amid a colossal campaign of solidarity and
international demonstrations of widespread support.
Assange’s defence team think that the US government is using the
accusations of the Sweedish attorney general’s office to pressure for
his extradition and judge him in the wake of release of secret files
compromising the White House and the Pentagon.
Assange, 39, denies charges made against him and describes them as
dirty tricks in reprisal for his Wikileaks disclosures.