LONDON – WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange returned to court on Thursday to hear if he'll be extradited to Sweden to face sex-crimes allegations.
Swedish prosecutors want to question Assange about accusations of sexual abuse from two women relating to a brief visit there last summer. He has denied any wrongdoing and has not been charged.
Assange has been out on bail during the extradition fight.
His lawyers have questioned Sweden's judicial process and expressed concern their client risks being handed over to the U.S., which is investigating whether Assange's website should be held responsible for leaking classified information.
Lawyers for Sweden have argued that authorities made repeated attempts to interview Assange while he was in Scandinavia, but to no avail.
The U.S. is investigating whether Assange's secret-spilling website should be held responsible for leaking classified information, including a recent cache of thousands of diplomatic cables.
Judge Howard Riddle has conceded that an appeal to his ruling is "inevitable."
About a dozen WikiLeaks and Assange supporters in ski hats and parkas gathered outside the court hours before the hearing on a damp morning, hanging banners and signs saying "Free Julian Assange and Bradley Manning," the young army private suspected of leaking the documents.