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Monday, February 7, 2011

Julian Assange's Fate Decided Soon

Julian Assange's defence team will argue that he cannot be given a fair trial in Sweden because all rape cases are heard in secret so justice cannot be seen to be done. Legal sources in London say it was important to point out that he is only in court for one reason - there is a warrant for his extradition back to Sweden to answer charges of rape.

The two day appeal against the warrant begins in London today. The charges are brought by two women he had sex with in the same week in Sweden. The first woman claims he had sex with her while she was asleep and was not wearing a condom and the other charge is 'sexual molestation and unlawful coercion' - the woman claims he deliberately ripped the condom during sex.

So does Julian Assange have a sexual preference for unprotected sex? You could argue what man doesn't but it's a serious matter that could kill you so in Sweden they made a law to protect women and they call it 'rape'.

His defence team, led by human rights activist Geoffrey Robertson QC - the impressive host of Hypotheticals - is also expected to hone in on the secrecy stipulations in Sweden and will also push the weaknesses in evidence provided by the two female accusers. They have identified eight arguments for quashing the warrant but they expect the Swedish Prosecutor to call expert witnesses from Sweden including a retired judge.