Saturday, February 04, 2012

Julian Assange's extradition appeal

The Guardian has a series of articles about Julian Assange, the founder of the internet site WikiLeaks. This week the question of his extradition to Sweden to face charges of rape was before the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom. The justices will decide whether the Swedish prosecutor who issued the warrant is a "valid judicial authority" required by the European arrest warrant. The Guardian includes links to two short videos of the arguments which were broadcast live. The video from day one is here (4min 36 sec) and day two is here (3min 44 sec). No transcripts. In the videos you can see that the two QCs are women and that there are no wigs or gowns in sight. The court's decision is not expected before several weeks.
The Guardian is also launching an interactive history of the supreme court.