June 15, 2012, 1:00 pm

Extradition edges closer for WikiLeaks’ Assange

Reuters | WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange could be extradited to Sweden in two weeks’ time to face questioning over alleged sex crimes after Britain’s top court said on Thursday it had rejected a legal bid to reconsider his case.

The decision ended the self-styled anti-secrecy campaigner’s 18-month legal battle against extradition in the British courts, and now only a possible appeal to a European Court stands in the way of his transfer.

Two weeks ago, Britain’s Supreme Court rejected his argument that a European arrest warrant issued by Swedish prosecutors for his extradition was invalid.

However, his lawyers argued some of the judges had reached their decision based on a legal point that they had not had a chance to counter and asked for the appeal to be reopened.

After considering their challenge, the court announced all seven judges had rejected the application

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