The mother of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says her son's ordered extradition to Sweden smacks of a "David and Goliath" situation.
Following more than two days of hearings this month at a London magistrate's court, Judge Howard Riddle ordered that the 39-year-old Australian be sent to Stockholm for questioning over allegations of rape and sexual assault.
Ms Assange said Julian has been abandoned by the Australian government and left to operate under a flawed legal process.
"It's a real David and Goliath situation," Christine Assange said.
"You've got misuse of the European arrest warrant, first time ever that it's been used this way.
"I would say that what we're looking at here is political and legal gang rape of my son."
Ms Assange said she had expected the extradition order following a string of obstacles to justice, including attacks on WikiLeaks funds and Swedish prosecutors' refusal to interview her son in English.
"What Julian through his site is proving [is] the need for WikiLeaks," Ms Assange said.
She called on Australians to lobby their local MPs to stand up against what she described as an abuse of process.
"I'm, obviously, scared for him as a mother but the world ought to be scared for its democracies.
"The greatest fear I have is that the western world in its effort to shut up someone who's telling the truth to the people of their countries will breach every piece of legislation in order to get him and will co-operate across borders to do so."
Julian Assange, who showed no emotion in court as the decision was read out, told reporters later the case was "nonsense", he had expected such an outcome, and plans to lodge an appeal with Britain’s High Court.
The allegations against him include three counts of sexual assault and one of rape, against two women on two separate occasions in August last year. He has not been charged with these offences.
Judge Riddle recounted details of the women’s claims: that in one case Julian Assange "deliberately molested the injured party by acting in a manner designed to violate her sexual integrity".
His actions were allegedly violent and included holding her arms, forcing apart her legs and putting his body weight on top of her to prevent her movement, later rubbing his erect penis against her body.
Claims by the second woman are that he had unprotected sex with her while she slept, knowing she would not consent to unprotected sex and therefore constituting rape.
The United States has launched an investigation into his WikiLeaks dealings, adding to his fear that if extradited to Sweden, he will be handed on to US authorities and possibly subject to torture.
"There was at one stage a suggestion that Mr Assange could be extradited to the USA [possibly to Guantanamo Bay or to execution as a traitor]," Judge Riddle said.
"The only evidence on the point came from (a) defence witness ... who said it couldn’t happen.
"In the absence of any evidence that Mr Assange risks torture or execution [Assange’s lawyer Geoffrey] Robertson was right not to pursue this point."
Outside court Julian Assange said the judge’s decision had been "hamstrung" by a "European arrest warrant system run amok".
"What we saw today ... was a rubber-stamping process," he said.
"It comes as no surprise, but is nonetheless wrong."
source (watch out for the autoplay video at this link).
I can't believe this, especially given what her son is