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Wikileaks founder Julian Assange
British police on June 28 served WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange with a "surrender notice" requiring him to report to a police station as the first step in his extradition to Sweden to face sex crime allegations.

The letter was delivered to Ecuador's embassy in London, where the 40-year-old Australian has taken refuge.

Police said serving a surrender notice "is standard practice in extradition cases and it’s the first step in the removal process." Assange is seeking political asylum in Ecuador in a bid to escape extradition.

He denies the rape allegations, saying the case against him is politically motivated.

Assange says he fears that from Sweden he will be extradited to the United States to face criminal charges for leaking more than 250,000 American diplomatic cables on the WikiLeaks website.

Based on reporting by AFP and AP
Julian Assange
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is to find out next week whether his bid to block extradition to Sweden has been successful.

Britain's Supreme Court said on May 23 that the decision on his case will be announced on May 30.

Assange's lawyers have asked the Supreme Court to rule on the validity of the European arrest warrant issued against him.

He is wanted by Swedish prosecutors for questioning on sex crimes allegations relating to accusations made by two Swedish women after he visited that country in 2010.

Swedish prosecutors say the arrest warrant is valid and must be enforced.

Assange insists the sex was consensual and has argued that the attempt to extradite him is politically motivated.

Financial and legal problems have in the last six months slowed the work of his secrets-spilling website WikiLeaks.

Based on reporting by AFP and AP

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