Army of lawyers prepares for Assange extradition battle


The Guardian leads with the WikiLeaks founder's sensational arrest that saw him dragged from the Knightsbridge embassy where he had been holed up for almost seven years in a diplomatic stand-off.

Julian Assange gestures to the media from a police vehicle on his arrival at Westminster Magistrates Court.

However, lawyer Rebecca Niblock said that, if Sweden made an extradition request, it would be for the home secretary to decide which would take precedence, considering factors such as which was made first and the seriousness of the offence.

The Daily Mail also picks up the tale, saying he faces decades in a United States jail after he was hauled out by eight policemen and put before a judge as extradition proceedings got under way.

Belmarsh may be an upgrade for Assange on his previous British prison digs.

Julian Assange's unceremonious removal from the Ecuadorian embassy in London makes headlines on Friday, along with Brexit and the Duchess of Sussex.

However, legal experts have said the Government has very limited powers to block extradition even if there is the political will to do so.

"We will now examine the case in order to determine how to proceed", she said in a statement.

The 47-year-old Assange has extreme shoulder pain and tooth pain, Hrafnsson said.

"Testimony usually weakens with time, and it's now been 10 years", he said, adding that, considering Assange is not "about to volunteer to come to Sweden", a new global arrest warrant for him must be issued.

"He said: "I told you so", Robinson told reporters and supporters, including fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, outside court on Thursday.

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Mr Trump praised Assange during the final weeks of the 2016 presidential campaign and welcomed the political boost when the organisation released emails damaging to Mrs Clinton.

Assange's next court appearance was set for May 2 via prison video-link in relation to the extradition case, a process that involves several layers of appeal that could take several years.

And it doesn't get much more discourteous than smearing shit on the walls, as Ecuador's Interior Minister Maria Paula Romo has claimed Assange did.

The Ecuadorian government had historically been sympathetic to Assange's cause, but a regime change two years ago heralded a less supportive approach.

One of its most high-profile releases came in 2010, when it published a video from a United States military helicopter that showed the killing of 18 civilians in Baghdad, Iraq. "I thought it was disgraceful the Ecuadorians would go back on their word".

Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott said Assange should face the criminal justice system if Swedish authorities decide to charge him.

Assange originally sought asylum at the Ecuadorian embassy in 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden, where prosecutors wanted to question him over a rape allegation, which he denied.

Elisabeth Massi Fritz, who represents the unnamed woman, said news of Mr Assange's arrest was "a shock to my client" and something "we have been waiting and hoping for since 2012".

She added that "no rape victim should have to wait nine years to see justice be served".

Meanwhile, Swedish authorities have said they are considering reopening their investigation into sexual assault allegations against him.