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'Assange bail money will be ready today'

world Updated: Dec 16, 2010 16:05 IST

The 200,000 pounds ($313,300) in bail money needed for WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange, who faces Swedish allegations of sex crimes, should be available later today, his lawyer said. A British Court ruled on Tuesday that the 39 year old Australian could be freed on 200,000 pounds bail and with other stringent conditions, but prosecutors appealed.

London's High Court will decide later in the day whether to uphold bail for Assange, who has angered Washington by publishing secret diplomatic cables. "We believe that we will have the money today. It appears to be in the banking system. We certainly have pledges from the people who stood behind him on previous occasions," Assange's lawyer, Mark Stephens told reporters before the hearing. "They've all come forward and very generously arranged their financial affairs to support him."

He said he was hopeful Assange would be granted bail, "but it's the judge's decision. The arguments are the same as the other day when ... he was granted bail."