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Top rights lawyer to represent Assange

world Updated: Dec 09, 2010 01:52 IST
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High-profile human rights lawyer Geoffrey Robertson will represent WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in his fight against extradition from Britain to Sweden, Robertson’s office said on Wednesday.

Robertson, a barrister, has appeared in some of the highest-profile freedom of speech trials in British history. He was also among the defence team in the trial for the IRA bombing of the Brighton hotel which targeted then prime minister Margaret Thatcher in the mid-1980s.

Assange was denied bail on Tuesday and ordered to appear in court again on December 14 after he was arrested in London on a European arrest warrant linked to allegations of rape and molestation in Sweden.

The 39-year-old Australian is being held in Wandsworth prison in London.

Meanwhile WikiLeaks supporters struck back on Wednesday at perceived enemies of founder Julian Assange, attacking the websites of Swedish prosecutors, the Swedish lawyer whose clients have accused Assange of sexual crimes and the Swiss authority that froze Assange’s bank account.