Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

Assange to address Cambridge Union

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will reportedly speak at the Cambridge Union Society

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will address Cambridge University students later this month, according to a student newspaper.

The 39-year-old Australian will speak to the Cambridge Union Society, one of the oldest student debating societies on Tuesday, March 15, Cambridge student newspaper The Tab said.

He is expected to discuss his life and career during the early evening visit.

Lawyers for Assange this week lodged papers at the High Court for an appeal against a ruling that he should be extradited to Sweden to face sex offence charges. No date has yet been set for a hearing.

The extradition ruling was made last month at Belmarsh Magistrates' Court in south-east London.

He is accused of sexually assaulting one woman and raping another during a week-long visit to Stockholm in August, which he denies.

After the extradition ruling Assange criticised the European arrest warrant system and said he had "always known" he would have to appeal against the decision.

The ruling against him came as a result of "a European arrest warrant system run amok", he claimed.

He said: "There was no consideration during this entire process as to the merit of the allegations made against me, no consideration or examination of even the complaints made in Sweden and of course we have always known we would appeal."

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