Friday, June 15, 2012

The Assange decision II

As predicted, the UK Supreme Court has rejected Julian Assange's appeal of his appeal, dismissing it as "without merit". Which effectively ends his journey through the UK courts. He now either appeals to the ECHR (though I'm not sure what grounds he could have), or faces extradition to Sweden to face questioning on sexual assault allegations.

Meanwhile, I think its quite disturbing how Assange has morphed from an internationalist into the worst sort of "Little Britain" Eurosceptic over this. Yes, Sweden (like most of Europe) allocates the responsibilities in its justice system differently from the UK. But that doesn’t mean its an unfair system (that would have to be judged on its merits), and its not a reason to refuse extradition.