Court upholds decision to grant bail to Assange

Posted Dec 16, 2010 by Michael Cosgrove
London's High Court has rejected demands that Tuesday's court decision to bail WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange be overturned. Assange is now expected to be freed soon under conditions.
Julian Lassange  founder of WikiLeaks
Julian Lassange, founder of WikiLeaks
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The court's decision came at about 2 p.m GMT and was welcomed by Assange's supporters. His lawyers and other fund collecting groups had managed to raise over 200,000 pounds in bail which was needed if Assange was to have a chance of being freed in the event of a favorable decision, although some of the people who offered bail still have to come to court and sign papers relating to their offers says The Guardian.
Presiding judge Mr Justice Ouseley banned the use of Twitter by journalists and others during the proceedings, but not before one journalist had tweeted to say that Assange appeared "frazzled" as he entered the courtroom. "He is wearing a white shirt with no tie and a dark shirt. He is flanked in the dock by two guards and behind ornate bars", she said.
The court is still working out the details of his bail conditions (hear report) although his original bail arrangement included that he has to report to a police station every morning at 6 a.m, and he is under curfew from 10am to 2pm and from 10pm to 2am. He has also been ordered to give up his passport. He is expected to be freed later today or tomorrow at the latest, say reports.
The Guardian had already announced that contrary to news reports which had been picked up and relayed by the world's press on Tuesday, the demand that Assange be refused bail did not come from the Swedish authorities but was made by Britain's Crown Prosecution Service.
Assange had been granted bail on Tuesday by London's City of Westminster magistrate's court after having spent a week in police custody in connection with an arrest warrant issued by Swedish authorities following allegations of sexual offenses supposedly committed by him whilst in Sweden. The warrant does not include specific charges but says that he is wanted for questioning.
He denies any wrongdoing and his lawyers claim that the Swedish warrant is part of a plot to have him extradited to America in the event that charges related to his document-leaking activities are leveled at him.