Julian Assange appears in courtJuly 13th, 2011 - 10:05 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt
London, July 13 (THAINDIAN NEWS) WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appeared in court on Tuesday in his bid to prevent extradition to Sweden where he faces sexual offence charges. The former hacker appealed against an earlier ruling by a British court that he should be extradited to Sweden.
Assange has changed his legal team and it was obvious that the defense team has changed their strategy as well. Assange opted to remain silent as he walked into the Royal Courts of Justice. The 40-year-old who is the mastermind behind the release of classified US diplomatic cables seemed to have been coached by his attorneys to stay quiet because he didn’t utter a word as he made his way out of the courthouse.
Inside the court, Assange’s new lead counsel Ben Emmerson told the court that the actions of his client in Sweden last August was morally wrong but it was in no way illegal in the books of the European Union.
Emmerson narrated that, “Nothing I say should be taken as denigrating the complainants, the genuineness of their feelings of regret, to trivialise their experience or to challenge whether they felt Assange’s conduct was disrespectful, discourteous, disturbing or even pushing at the boundaries of what they felt comfortable with.”
Assange is wanted in Sweden for multiple sex offences involving three women. During his extradition trial, Assange argued that the charges were false adding that the Swedish authorities were only interested in handing him over to US officials who want to prosecute him for leaking classified diplomatic and military documents.
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