Julian Assange Denied Bail, Remanded Into Custody

WikiLeaks founder vows to fight extradition to Sweden

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 7, 2010 9:20 AM CST

(Newser) – WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was denied bail and remanded into custody today after telling a London court that he intends to fight his extradition to Sweden on sex crime allegations, setting up what could be a drawn-out legal battle. The 39-year-old Australian appeared before City of Westminster Magistrates' Court after turning himself in to Scotland Yard earlier to face a Swedish arrest warrant, reports the AP.

He was asked whether he understood that he could consent to be extradited to Sweden, where he faces allegations of rape, molestation and unlawful coercion. Clearing his throat, Assange said: "I understand that and I do not consent." Assange denies the allegations, which stem from a visit to Sweden in August that his lawyers say are "dispute over consensual but unprotected sex." They have said the case has taken on political overtones.

FILE - This is a Friday, Nov. 5, 2010 file photo of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange as he speaks in front of NGO's delegates during a NGO conference at the European headquarters of the United Nations,...   (SALVATORE DI NOLFI)
FILE - This is a Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010 file photo of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange gestures as he speaks about the United States and the human rights during a press conference at the Geneva press...   (MARTIAL TREZZINI)
FILE - In this Oct. 23, 2010 file photo, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, speaks during a news conference in London. Police say WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been arrested on a Swedish warrant....   (Lennart Preiss)
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, back to camera, is driven into Westminster Magistrates Court in London Tuesday Dec. 7, 2010 after being arrested on a European Arrest Warrant.   (Stefan Rousseau)
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