15 Jun 2012

Extradition appeal bid fails

6:44 pm on 15 June 2012

Britain's Supreme Court has unanimously rejected a bid by Julian Assange to re-open his appeal against extradition to Sweden, where he's wanted for questioning over sex assault and rape claims.

The ruling brings the Wikileaks website founder a step closer to extradition.

Seven judges of Britain's top court on Thursday unanimously dismissed the move by Mr Assange as being "without merit".

Two weeks ago the court rejected his argument that a European arrest warrant for extradition was invalid.

His lawyers had argued that the decision was based on a legal point that had not been argued in court.

Swedish prosecutors want to question Mr Assange over accusations of rape and sexual assault made by two female former Wikileaks volunteers in 2010.

Mr Assange, 40, claims the sex was consensual and that the accusations against him were politically motivated.

WikiLeaks has published a mass of leaked diplomatic cables that embarrassed several governments and international businesses.