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Assange gets bail, still in jail

2010-12-15 07:17:30 GMT2010-12-15 15:17:30 (Beijing Time)

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is back in a UK jail as Sweden appeals bail. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

Julian Assange arrives at Magistrates court In London where he is lgranted bail for alleged sex crimes in Sweden. But the WikiLeaks founder was later returned to prison pending an appeal from Swedish authorities.

Attorney Mark Stephens is representing Assange.

"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 yet more trouble, more expense, more hurdles. They clearly will not spare any expense but to keep Mr Assange in jail. This is really turning into a show trial and we will be in court again within the next 48 hours"

Assange will return to solitary confinement in London's Wandsworth prison, where he is fighting attempts to extradite him to Sweden for questioning over allegations of sexual misconduct made by two female WikiLeaks volunteers. He denies the allegations.

Assange is also at the center of a storm in the United States, following the WikiLeaks releases of hundreds of thousands of secret U.S. diplomatic cables.

An extradition hearing is set for Jan. 11.

Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters.

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