WikiLeaks founder remains in prison


Julian Assange leaving City of Westminster Magistrates' Court and being taken back to jail

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange remains in a British jail after the Swedish authorities appealed against a decision to grant him bail.

The whistleblower was handed his freedom by a judge on Tuesday fter supporters agreed to post a £200,000 cash deposit.

But in chaotic scenes, the decision was overridden two hours later when Swedish prosecutors said they would challenge the decision.

As a result the 39-year-old Australian returned to Wandsworth prison, in south-west London, where he is being held in solitary confinement.

He will appear at the High Court within 48 hours where a more senior judge will consider the appeal and whether to overturn the bail decision.

Speaking on the steps of City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court, his lawyer Mark Stephens attacked the Swedish authorities.

He 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.”

The whistleblower is wanted in Sweden over claims he sexually assaulted two women during a visit to Stockholm in August.

But his supporters claim the criminal inquiry and extradition request is unfair and politically motivated.

The former computer hacker is behind the release of hundreds of United States diplomatic cables that have caused global uproar.

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