x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

WikiLeaks founder Assange in new bail bid

A judge is set to decide whether WikiLeaks founder Assange will be freed or remain in prison, as authorities appeal a court's decision to grant him bail.

LONDON //  A judge is set to decide whether WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will be freed or remain in prison, as authorities appeal a court's decision to grant him bail.

The hearing is taking place at the High Court in London on Thursday.

Assange has been in prison since December 7, following his surrender to British police over a Swedish sex-crimes warrant. He denies wrongdoing but is refusing to surrender to Sweden's request to extradite him for questioning.

Assange was granted a conditional release on £200,000 ($316,000) bail Tuesday, but British prosecutors acting for Sweden are trying to keep him behind bars until his extradition hearing.

Last month WikiLeaks deeply angered US officials by beginning to publish its trove of 250,000 secret US diplomatic cables.