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  • Assange announced he would appeal the arrest warrant against him in November 2014.

    Assange announced he would appeal the arrest warrant against him in November 2014. | Photo: Reuters

Assange fears that any extradition to Sweden would see him onwardly extradited to the U.S., where the FBI continues a criminal investigation into him.

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange was granted Tuesday an appeal hearing by Sweden's Supreme Court.

Assange's lawyers have been seeking to appeal sexual assault accusations against him, which were used by Swedish authorities to issue an arrest warrant in absentia.

Assange fears that any extradition to Sweden would see him onwardly extradited to the U.S, where the FBI continues a criminal investigation into Wikileaks. 

The decision was published in the Supreme Court's website and and the court ordered a new investigation to be carried by the attorney general.

Earlier in November 2014, Assange's lawyers filed an appeal which was denied by the appeals court.

“The situation (case) is completely stalled and that is what we highlighted on our request,” explained Per Samuelsson, one of Assange's lawyer, earlier in February when the request was issued.

The lawyers also filed a petition with the United Nations in protest of arbitrary detention.

However, as Wikileaks made it clear through its Twitter account, even if Swedish authorities do drop the case, the United Kingdom could still detain Assange.

Assange, who sought asylum in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, has repeatedly requested the Swedish prosecutor question him in England. Although this is a standard procedure allowed by the Swedish Justice system, prosecutor Marianne Ny has refused his requests.

 

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