Assange’s bail hearing set for Thursday

SWEDISH prosecutors will appear at London’s High Court on Thursday to fight a decision to grant bail to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

The court date means Assange will remain in London’s Wandsworth prison for a further 24 hours as prosecutors prepare their case against the granting of bail.

Swedish authorities want to extradite Assange to face charges of rape and sexual molestation, which he denies.

Assange’s lawyer, Mark Stephens, referred to what he called an “unfortunate state of affairs” outside a Tuesday hearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court after prosecutors said they would appeal the court’s decision to grant Assange bail.

“Finally, after two hours, we’ve heard that the Swedes won’t abide by the umpire’s decision. They want to put Mr Assange through more hurdles and expenses,” Mr Stephens said. “This is really turning into a show trial.”

Assange’s supporters provided a £240,000 ($378,000) bond to ensure he was granted bail.

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