Assange extradition ruling due in High Court

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Media captionJulian Assange: "No member of Wikileaks has been charged with anything anywhere in the world"

The founder of the Wikileaks website, Julian Assange, is to learn next week if he has won a High Court bid to block extradition to Sweden.

Lawyers for the 40-year-old Australian, who is facing sex crime allegations, say his removal would be "unfair and unlawful".

Two judges in London heard the case in July and are due to give their ruling next Wednesday.

Mr Assange denies the allegations and says they are politically motivated.

Speaking to BBC World after his extradition ruling date was announced, Mr Assange said: "I have been under house arrest for the last 334 days but haven't been charged.

"Is the rule of law breaking down under that circumstance?

"It appears that it's effectively breaking down and you ask if I am afraid of this extradition, well, we will fight in various ways. Of course it's a serious reality we have to deal with."

Mr Assange's Wikileaks site published a mass of leaked diplomatic cables which have embarrassed several governments and international businesses.

The Swedish authorities want him to answer accusations of raping one woman and sexually molesting and coercing another in Stockholm in August last year.

The High Court in London is deciding whether or not to uphold a ruling in February by District Judge Howard Riddle, at Belmarsh Magistrates' Court, south London.

That ruling decided the computer expert should be extradited to face investigation.

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