WikiLeaks: judge rules on Assange extradition

UPDATE, 11:45 GMT: Judge rules against Assange. Our full report on the ruling here.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will discover today if he is to be extradited to Sweden for questioning over allegations of rape and sexual assault made by two women.

Senior district Judge Howard Riddle is due to deliver his ruling at Belmarsh Magistrates' Court this morning. The hearing is expected to start at 10:30 GMT.

Assange has consistently denied all allegations against him, and claims that the accusations are "politically motivated".

In a hearing that began on 7th February, Assange's barrister, Geoffrey Robertson QC, argued that Swedish prosecutor Marianne Ny had no power to issue the European Arrest Warrant (EAW) used to request he extradition. He also argued that the extradition could not take place because Assange was wanted only for questioning, rather than prosecution.

But speaking on BBC Radio 4's Law In Action on Tuesday, extradition expert Julian Knowles of law firm Matrix Chambers said it was "very likely" that Judge Riddle would rule in favour of the Australian's extradition.

Whatever the judge's decision, the case is unlikely to rest there. The losing side can - and is expected to - appeal to the High Court.

More details as soon as we have them.