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LIVE: Detention Lift Hearings For Assange, Stockholm District Court

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Sweden – Rick Falkvinge

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At 13:00 July 16, hearings were held in the Stockholm District Court whether to lift the almost-four-year-old detention in absentia for Julian Assange. This has been live reporting from the court hearings, which were followed by a press conference at the District Court.

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Rick is the founder of the first Pirate Party and is a political evangelist, traveling around Europe and the world to talk and write about ideas of a sensible information policy. He has a tech entrepreneur background and loves whisky.

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  1. 1
    Falcon

    RF: Thanks for doing God’s work.

    > Prosecution: “We have tried the question of hearing Assange in London and dismissed the idea as not effective.”

    The effect they were looking for, apparently, was not to get information, but to get DNA samples, and conduct a trial. If they want to collect DNA and conduct a trial, why don’t they just formally charge him?

    This “attempt” to get information is just a ruse, and the Swedish authorities are making lame excuses as to why they can’t just get the information by talking to Assange directly.

    In Sweden, flight risk means being trapped in a tiny room for 2 years. Apparently.

  2. 2
    Karina

    Just pointing out a spelling mistake. Correct spelling: defence.

  3. 3
    treisiroon

    Great job, thank you!

    One thing we’ve seen is that Assange + sex = clicks. Knowing the self-serving MSM as we do, I predict your blog will be highly plagiarized by tomorrow by ‘journalism’s finest’.

  4. 4
    DCWhatthe

    I’m glad the Defense played clips of ‘tough’ commentators, calling for Julian’s murder. If Julian comes out on top here, then perhaps they won’t be so glib, next time.

    • 4.1
      Felix The Cat

      The defense showed clips of Fox News, owned by Rupert Murdoch, a far-right Tea Party loving, Right Wing Republican outlet. They aren’t representative of the US (otherwise Romney would be president). Their commentators are clueless idiots who embarrass themselves on a regular basis.

      • 4.1.1

        Felix is the sort of moron who would rather DIE than explain WTC # 7.

        if you think Romney the chinese rep has any american interest you are beyond stupid,,, try Dr Alan Sabrosky on youtube or 911missinglinks dotcom can both help you stop embarrasing yourself.

      • 4.1.2
        Scary Devil Monastery

        A number of US senators and congressmen have demanded Assange be tried for espionage in wartime, and a few have gone out in public asking for an executive decision to have him assassinated.

        So it isn’t “just” Fox news. And even so, Whether Fox is owned by a far-right republican or not doesn’t change the fact that many politicians sitting in congress are openly calling for Assange to be executed. By any means necessary.

      • 4.1.3
        Scary Devil Monastery

        Fox may be sensationalist claptrap owned by a far-right extremist but the comments shown are accurate enough. Numerous congressmen and senators have openly called for Assange to be prosecuted according to wartime espionage law, executed, or simply assassinated.

        You may call that insane but the fact remains those are part of the highest strata of legislative power in the US.

        The same people who enabled GWB and Cheney to go to actual war while lying through their teeth about the “justification” for it.

        Whether it was Fox News or the flying spaghetti monster who conveyed the honeyed words of those politicians on behalf of the defense is just about egal. The threat of Assange simply getting shipped off to vanish into some 3rd world hellhole operated by the US the second he sets foot on Swedish soil is quite real. After all, Sweden has done exactly that before.

        • Scary Devil Monastery

          Sorry about the double post – was sure I’d been glitched out on the first one…

        • gurrfield

          The very core of human nature shows when something that a person has learned he is “entitled to” is lost or taken away. When those things are threatened, not even outrageous and irrational lies about “child porn” or war or even worse means can stop ’em.

  5. 6
    Caleb Lanik

    Thanks for covering this, Rick. Is there any reason you weren’t able to get press credentials to be present at the trial itself rather than hearing audio as a member of the public?

    • 6.1

      I could have, I just didn’t expect (or anticipate) that pre-registration would be required for the actual trial room. But we had audio AND video of the other room in our room, which I actually prefer – that means you see everything and yet can cough or sneeze without disturbing the trial.

      Cheers,
      Rick

      • 6.1.1
        Caleb Lanik

        Ah, that makes sense. Well, thanks a lot for covering this, it’s the only news I’ve seen on the hearing all day, and likely the most accurate I’ll see at all.

  6. 7
    Johan Tjäder

    Very good. Some comments.

    The Stockholm city district court notes that the detention order has not been executed. That means that Swedish law does not consider Assange to be detained. So this is not a case about long detention periods.

    On “flight risk”. The Swedish law talks about absconding or in some other way evading prosecution. When there is probable cause for suspecting a crime has been committed by someone without permanent residence in Sweden he may be detained regardless of the seriousness of the crime, if by leaving the country he may evade prosecution or punishment. Obviously. Assange is evading prosecution. He may think he has good reasons to, but evading it is anyway.

    On the EAW-process in England. It is unfortunate that the EAW dragged on for such a long time. This is a clear violation by the English justice system of the rules governing EAWs. Such proceedings should normally be completed within 60 days and certainly not more than 90 days. During this time UK authorities were responsible for the detention and bail conditions. It cannot be held against Assange that he exercised the options available to him by English law. However I don’t think it can be held against Swedish authorities that such a process takes more than the required 90 days.

    On Ecuador. The decision of Ecuador to grant asylum has no importance in this case. It explains why Assange has been able to avoid being apprehended by UK authorities, but it matters not on the issue of Assange being detained according to Swedish law. In fact, when Sweden grants asylum to people that are suspected of having committed (political) crimes, they of course know that regardless they cannot return home or visit another country.

    Nor is it as simple as rescinding the Swedish detention order, thereby nullifying the European arrest warrant. Assange is wanted by UK authorities for breaking the conditions of his bail. If there is a stale mate, Swedish authorities are not the only ones to blame.

    On appeals. The prosecution can appeal a decision to rescind a detention order. These things happen.

    It would be interesting to get a proper reference to the supreme court decision that was referred to.

  7. […] is providing live coverage of the ruling here. Swedish Pirate Party leader Rick Falkvinge also live-blogged the hearing from the Stockholm District […]

  8. 8
    Gondwana

    Rick,

    Good work. Who makes the ecision in the Appeal Court? Is it a single judge as in lower court or a panel of judges? If a panel of judges, how many?

    Cheers.

    • 8.1

      The general rule in Sweden is that there is a single judge in the District Court (lowest), a panel of three judges in the Appeals Court (middle), and a panel of five judges in the Supreme Court (highest in Sweden). In addition to these three, which are on the Swedish level, there’s also the European Court of Justice which is a fourth appeals level at the European level (but which takes years and years and years if you want to go there).

      To add to this, in criminal cases, there’s always a panel of five people judging. Something resembling jury people is added to the schooled judges until the total number of people on the panel equals five.

      Cheers,
      Rick

  9. […] the court proceedings on Wednesday, Assange’s defense team argued that law enforcement officials have had the opportunity to question Assange during the past four […]

  10. 9
    Sandi

    One is left wondering what is in it for the Swedish system to be acting so obviously for USA in this saga. How dependent is Sweden on the USA re trade etc? What is the real agenda here? Of course rendition to some USA prison hell hole – on extended remand – is the plan or they would have come to London to interview him. Shocking that Sweden is not independent. Also, If the two women did not intend to press charges (as is reported) what is stopping them speaking out? They were very keen on him after all according to texts that are in the public domain!

    • 9.1
      gurrfield

      Sweden as a country is not very dependent, but we have been fed american culture since after WWII so there is a big informal “status” in everything american. Of course also govt employees, law professionals and bureaucats in the state are affected by that ( who isn’t? ). The marshall plan money was well invested. Effectively bought our hearts and souls for decades.

      That’s why illegal file-sharing really is free (gratis) advertisement and free PR for America, although of course they pretend it isn’t.

  11. 10
    facthai

    Shameful! Is the Swedish court bought and paid for???

  12. […] LIVE: Detention Lift Hearings For Assange, Stockholm District Court […]

  13. […] LIVE: Detention Lift Hearings For Assange, Stockholm District Court […]

  14. 11
    Caleb Lanik

    I hope you will do more stories like this. It seems that a lot of important political stories are happening in Sweden these days, and your coverage, while not without its bias, does seem comprehensive. Far more so than the mainstream media, which, to my knowledge didn’t cover the story at all.

  15. […] «  Julian Assange’s actual crime was “pissing off the United States »” . […]

  16. […] Falkvinge live-blogged the hearing, offering detailed accounts of the prosecution and defense […]

  17. […] For a detailed account of today’s court hearing visit Rick Falkvinge’s live blog. […]

  18. […] Julian Assange’s lawyers have lodged an appeal in Sweden against the arrest warrant which is keeping Assange detained inside the Ecuadorian Embassy. They state that the prosecutor’s failure to question Assange in London “is in gross breach of Swedish law”. Background to the appeal can be read here, and coverage of the previous hearing can be read here. […]

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