Defense lawyer Dinah Rose stood up after the ruling to highlight the fact that the judgment was made based on legal precedents not argued in the appeal.
“It would appear that a majority of the members of this court have decided the point on the basis of the interpretation of the Vienna Convention. A point that was not argued in the appeal and which we have had no opportunity to address,” said Dinah Rose.Under UK law an EAW can only be issued by a judge and therefore Assange’s lawyers had argued the extradition order against him was invalid as it was made by a Swedish prosecutor.
The judges ruled that under the Vienna Convention the prosecutor was a “judicial authority.”
As a result the whistle blower may be sent to Sweden, where he has been accused of sexual assault and rape by two former WikiLeaks volunteers. Under Swedish law, a man can be charged with sexual assault and rape for not using a condom. The accusing women have also been linked to the CIA and have been said to be know operatives.