Julian Assange bailed

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According to reports from the BBC and The Guardian, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been granted bail by Westminster Magistrates court in London.

 

However, he is expected to remain in prison overnight as the £200,000 cash required up-front by the court is collected.  The BBC recently informed through Twitter Swedish prosecutors will not appeal against decision by London court to grant the bail.

 

The 39-year-old Australian is fighting extradition to Sweden, where he is accused of sexually assaulting two women – charges he denies.

 

Mr. Assange was bailed on condition he provides a security of £200,000 to the court, with a further £40,000 guaranteed in two sureties of £20,000 each.

 

He will also have to obey a curfew at an address in Suffolk, wear an electronic tag and report to a local police station every evening.

 

His passport must remain with the police and he cannot apply for international travel, District Judge Howard Riddle said, at Westminster Magistrates Court.

 

Mr Assange was refused bail last week despite the offer of sureties from figures including film director Ken Loach.

 

A number of demonstrators gathered outside City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court for the bail hearing on Tuesday.

 

I am very pleased and it is about time. We do not know what the prosecution will do now and there is still a possibility of an appeal: Gavin MacFadyen, Centre for Investigative Journalism.

 

Mr. Assange is due to return to the court on January 11th.

December 14th, 2010.

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