Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Assange decision

So, Julian Assange has lost his appeal against extradition to Sweden. Extradition decisions do not consider the actual merits of a case, only whether the formal requirements for extradition have been complied with. And in this case, they seem to have been. While there's a legal wrinkle in there which has allowed the possibility of a further appeal, that's a forlorn hope; the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties is a significant metalaw governing international relations, and it seems unlikely that it will be overturned.

Which means that Assange will finally face justice in Sweden for what his alleged sexual assaults. That's entirely appropriate, and there's no doubt that he'll receive a fair trial under the Swedish justice system. As for the question of potential extradition to the US to face charges for telling the world about US foreign policy, that's a different matter, and will no doubt be litigated through the Swedish courts (and the ECHR) if it becomes necessary.