Assange could be ordered to Sweden on Wednesday

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange will discover on Wednesday if he is to be extradited to Sweden to face rape allegations.

The judgment of the UK's High Court will be handed down at 9.45am by Lord Justice Thomas and Mr Justice Ouseley on the Australian's appeal against extradition under a European arrest warrant.

Swedish prosecutors issued the warrant following allegations of rape and sexual assault made by two Swedish women, following the 40-year-old's visit to Stockholm in August 2010.

If the judges rule against Assange, he could be removed to Sweden within 14 days. Should his appeal instead be successful, it will be Assange's first taste of freedom after 11 months under strict bail conditions in the Norfolk home of Frontline Club owner, Vaughan Smith.

Assange has been electronically tagged and forced to report to police each day, amid allegations that law enforcement agencies have been using CCTV cameras trained on the gates of Smith's home to track the movements of visitors.

According to Julian Knowles, a barrister at Matrix Chambers in a report by the Guardian, Assange will have no right of appeal to the Home Office over the order. The final avenue of appeal - available to either side, depending on the verdict - will be to the Supreme Court in London. Such an appeal could see Assange remain in Britain until next year.

An appeal to the Supreme Court would rely on either party being able to convince the High Court that a wider legal issue of "public importance" is at stake - according to Knowles, if the case is decided on the basis of fact rather than legal opinion, this is less likely to be granted.

Controversy surrounding the allegations and the continuing expense of legal proceedings has posed grave difficulties for Assange's whistle-blowing organisation. The verdict comes after WikiLeaks this week announced it has suspended publishing activities, blaming a financial blockade of the site's donations by major financial institutions.