Wikileaks Julian Assange: Marianne Ny Swedish Prosecutor Biased?
Wikileaks Julian Assange Extradition Hearing: Marianne Ny, Swedish Prosecutor Biased?
Marianne Ny, the Swedish public prosecutor, requesting the extradition of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, is biased the Belmarsh Magistrates Court in South East London heard on Monday.
Julian Assange is now officially wanted in Sweden on a "minor rape" charge. Brita Sundberg-Weitman, a former Swedish judge, appearing on the behalf of the Assange defense team, told the UK court that public prosecutor, Marianne Ny could easily have questioned Assange via Skype or phone instead of requesting the extradition.
She said: "Miss Ny has a rather biased view against men in the treatment of sexual offence cases. They seem to take it for granted that everyone under prosecution is guilty. I honestly can’t understand her attitude. It looks malicious … I think maybe she wants to make him suffer.”
The former judge, who is now an associate professor of Law at Stockholm, University, added that Miss Ny was "involved in sexual politics" which was "very much" a political issue in Sweden.
The Julain Assange extradition request is based on an European Arrest Warrant. Assange's defense teams argues the warrant is invalid because Julian Assange has not been formally charged in Sweden.
They said the European Arrest Warrant under which he had been detained was invalid because he had not yet been charged. It was only Monday that the UK court learned of the Marianne Ny's intention of charging Mr. Assange.
Clare Montgomery QC, representing the Swedish authorities has argued the Australian must face charges of rape and sexual molestation following the accusation of two women.
She told the court rape is one of 32 offences that warrants extradition, and Mr Assange was accused of having sex with one woman without a condom, despite her saying she would only consent if he wore one.
The other woman's claims implicitly suggested a lack of consent, she added.
"Mr Assange, by using violence, forced Miss A to endure him restricting her freedom of movement, taking hold of her arms, forcefully spreading her legs and lying on top of her," she said.