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Assange gets bail in sex case

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Tuesday succeeded in securing a bail at a British court where he appeared in connection with a case of sexual misconduct.

world Updated: Dec 15, 2010 01:23 IST

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Tuesday succeeded in securing a bail at a British court where he appeared in connection with a case of sexual misconduct. Person of the year

The embattled whistleblower who was accused of sexual misconduct by two women in Sweden is resisting an extradition claim by the country.

Granting him bail on an amount of £240,000, the court ordered Assange to adhere to strict bail conditions.

The 39-year-old Australian, who has earned the wrath of the US for leaking a huge cache of secret diplomatic documents, has been imprisoned for a week now after he gave himself up to Scotland Yard here.

However, he is not expected to be released immediately as prosecutors are considering whether to challenge the court ruling.

The WikiLeaks founder appeared in the Westminster Magistrate’s court amid scenes of bedlam outside the court where his supporters protested to seek his release.

Assange denies sexually assaulting the two women in Sweden.

Earlier Tuesday, Assange remained defiant in comments from prison relayed on Tuesday by his mother.

Australia’s Seven network said Christine spoke to her son for 10 minutes and asked him, at the network’s request, whether it had been worth it.

“My convictions are unfaltering,” the network quoted Julian Assange as saying. “I remain true to the ideals I have expressed. This circumstance shall not shake them. If anything, this process has increased my determination that they are true and correct.”