Assange allowed to continue extradition battle

London: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has got permission from UK court to continue his legal battle to avoid extradition to Sweden over sex crimes allegations.

The High Court in London ruled in his favour observing that Assange’s case raised a question “of general public importance” which should be decided by the highest court in the land “as quickly as possible”.

The decision means Assange does not face immediate deportation to Sweden.

Assange’s lawyer Gareth Peirce says the judges accepted Assange’s argument that there is a question over whether police and prosecutors are a judicial authority and should have the power to issue extradition requests under European law.

She said on Monday that Assange now has 14 days to submit a written request to the Supreme Court.