Top News

Assange extradition a judicial matter: Swedish PM

Updated: 2011-01-21 09:47


Twitter Facebook Myspace Yahoo! Linkedin Mixx

LONDON - Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt insisted Thursday that his government will play no role in deciding whether WikiLeaks' founder, Julian Assange, should be extradited to the US.

Related readings:
Assange extradition a judicial matter: Swedish PM Assange due in UK court over Swedish extradition
Assange extradition a judicial matter: Swedish PM WikiLeaks: US demanding Twitter account info
Assange extradition a judicial matter: Swedish PM Publisher confirms Julian Assange book deal
Assange extradition a judicial matter: Swedish PM Assange's accusers are WikiLeaks fans, lawyer says

Assange is in London, where he's battling extradition to Sweden over sex-crime allegations.

His supporters and lawyers have argued that if he's sent there, he may face extradition to the US, where he could be prosecuted and ultimately face the death penalty. It is not clear what charges US authorities could bring against Assange.

Reinfeldt said that Sweden's policy is not to extradite people to nations with the death penalty. But he said Sweden's courts, not its government, would decide that.

"We should stay away from this," he told reporters in London, where he was attending a summit of Nordic and Baltic nations. "We should remember when we ask questions about this that these are legal systems talking to each other, not politicians."

Assange, 39, is wanted in Sweden to answer rape and molestation accusations stemming from encounters with two women during a trip to Sweden last summer.

American officials also are trying to build a criminal case against his organization WikiLeaks, which has published a trove of leaked diplomatic cables and secret US military files on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Assange is on bail and living under curfew at a supporter's mansion in eastern England.


Ear We Go

China and the world set to embrace the merciful, peaceful year of rabbit

Preview of the coming issue
Carrefour finds the going tough in China
Maid to Order

European Edition


Mysteries written in blood

Historical records and Caucasian features of locals suggest link with Roman Empire.

Winning Charm

Coastal Yantai banks on little things that matter to grow

New rules to hit property market

The State Council launched a new round of measures to rein in property prices.

Top 10 of 2010
China Daily in Europe
The Confucius connection