WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange remains in custody after Swedish prosecutors appealed against a decision to grant him bail.
The 39-year-old Australian is wanted in Sweden over claims he sexually assaulted two women.
At an extradition hearing at City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court, a judge granted him conditional bail – only for him to be told two hours later that he must remain behind bars pending the appeal, which must be heard within the next 48 hours.
Speaking outside the court, solicitor Mark Stephens said: “Finally, after two hours we have heard that the Swedes will not abide with the umpire’s decision and they want to put Mr Assange through yet more trouble, more expense and more hurdles.
“They clearly will not spare any expense to keep Mr Assange in jail. This is really turning into a show trial.
“We will be in court again in the next 48 hours. But they have not given us the courtesy of telling us when we will be in court.”
Asked how Assange reacted to the news, Mr Stephens added: “He is phlegmatic.”