Julian Assange should be extradited to Sweden: British MPs

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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.

A second woman in Sweden accused Assange of molestation and unlawful coercion in August 2015.

Swedish prosecutors dropped a rape investigation into Assange in 2017 because they were unable to formally notify him of the allegations - a necessary step in proceeding with the case - while he remained in the Ecuadorian embassy.

In a statement issued on Friday, his legal team confirmed he would resist the extradition that sets a "dangerous precedent where any journalist could face USA charges for publishing truthful information about the United States".

The letter, co-ordinated by Labour MPs Jess Phillips and Stella Creasy and signed by cross-party members and peers, reads: "We do not presume guilt, of course, but we believe due process should be followed and the [Swedish] complainant should see justice be done".

Inquiries into claims of molestation and unlawful coercion have already been timed out.

Women's groups have added to pressure on Sajid Javid to ensure Julian Assange is extradited to Sweden.

A spokesman for the Swedish Prosecution Authority said they were following the news of Assange's arrest.

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The WikiLeaks founder's French lawyer, Juan Branco, has appealed to President Emmanuel Macron to spring Assange from jail in London and bring him to France so he can avoid extradition to the United States.

Sweden suspended its investigation of serious sexual misconduct two years ago because Assange was beyond their reach while taking refuge in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.

The official charges so far against Julian Assange include skipping bail in the United Kingdom and supposedly attempting to assist the US soldier then known as Bradley Manning to find a password for entering certain USA government computer data bases.

The British MPs also noted that while Ecuador had warned British and USA officials that they would rescind Assange's asylum, Swedish authorities were kept in the dark.

Assange received a verbal rebuke in his first London court appearance Thursday afternoon when District Judge Michael Snow found him guilty of breaching his bail conditions. He spent Thursday night in custody and is facing up to 12 months in prison for that conviction.

As Assange settled in to his first night in British custody, his allies and enemies alike are gearing up for what promises to be a long, dogged legal slog, not only over his possible extradition to the USA but over how courts should view his actions.

"Regardless of where you stand on this, he must face these allegations in Sweden and clear his name if he thinks he's innocent", Maajid said. His lawyers say they will be fighting against the request, calling it a "dangerous precedent" for journalists publishing information about the US.