Julian Assange granted bail over sex crime allegations in Sweden
Founder of WikiLeaks granted £240,000 bail at Westminster magistrates court after celebrities stand sureties
By Mark Tran
December 14, 2010 "The Guardian" - --A British court today granted bail with strict conditions to Julian Assange, the founder of the WikiLeaks website, who faces allegations of rape in Sweden.
Assange's lawyer, Geoffrey Robertson, asked the City of Westminster magistrates court in London for bail on five conditions: £200,000 in security, surety of £40,000 from two people, a curfew, daily reporting to police, and surrender of his passport.
The judge granted the conditions and gave lawyers representing Sweden two hours to lodge an appeal.
A full extradition hearing is scheduled for 11 January.
John Pilger and Peter Tatchell explain why they've pledged money in surety for the WikiLeaks founder's bail outside the appeal hearing at Wesminster magistrates court in central London.
"We doubt whether this actual category of rape would be rape under English law," said Robertson, a former appeals judge at the UN special court for Sierra Leone whose former clients include the author Salman Rushdie.