Assange wins right to pursue extradition fight

London : Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has won the right to petition the British Supreme Court in his fight against extradition to Sweden, BBC reported Monday.

He lost a high court battle last month to halt his removal for questioning over alleged sex offences and made the application to the Supreme Court.

Assange was at the London court for the ruling.

Judges said the case raised “a question of general public importance”.

Two judges at the High Court ruled that his case should be decided by the highest court in the land “as quickly as possible”.

The ruling meant the court accepted there was a potentially arguable point of law relating to his case but they did not think he should have a right to appeal.

However, they have left the door open for him to petition the supreme court directly and it will be for it to decide whether he gets another hearing, according to the BBC.
IANS

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