Julian Assange, the controversial and enigmatic founder of WikiLeaks, will be extradited to Sweden to face trial for sexual assault and rape charges, a London court has ruled. District Judge Howard Riddle ruled that extradition would not violate Assange’s human rights and dismissed his claim that he would not receive a fair trial in Sweden. Assange face three allegations of sexual assault and one of rape. Assange’s lawyers maintain that if he is moved to Sweden to face trial, he could also be extradited to the U.S. to face terrorism charges for his role in the release of confidential U.S. State Department cables, and could possibly face the death penalty.
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