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UK High Court Upholds Swedish Extradition Order for Julian Assange

Julian Assange, the founder of the controversial whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks, has lost his extradition case in a UK high court.

The high court has declared that Assange should be extradited to Sweden to face charges of sexual assault on two women.

Assange now plans to file an appeal with UK's Supreme Court as a last ditch effort to avoid extradition to Sweden.

Assange and his supporters have maintained he is innocent and have claimed that the US government is trying to defame him.

High court judges Sir John Thomas and Mr Justice Ouseley ruled that the court must upheld the European arrest warrant taken out against Assange in Sweden, as reported (opens in new tab) by The Guardian.

Assange's legal team claimed that the warrant had become invalid, so therefore there was no need to extradite him. The judges thought otherwise.

"There can be no doubt that if what Mr Assange had done had been done in England and Wales, he would have been charged and thus criminal proceedings would have been commenced," the judgment said.

"There is nothing in the statement from which it could be inferred that he reasonably expected that she would have consented to sex without a condom. . .it is clear that the allegation is that he had sexual intercourse with her when she was not in a position to consent and so he could not have had any reasonable belief that she did," it added.