Key events leading up to Julian Assange seeking asylum

scallamander's version from 2016-09-22 00:27


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August 14Assange invited to Stockholm to address seminar by the Social Democrats' Brotherhood Movement, staying at apartment of Miss A. The two reportedly have sex that night.
August 17Assange reportedly has sex with "Miss W", a woman he met at the seminar on August 14.
August 17-20Both women shared concerns over their sexual encounters.
August 20The Swedish prosecutor's office issues an arrest warrant for Assange for two separate allegations of rape and molestation.
November 18Stockholm district court approves a request to detain the WikiLeaks founder for questioning on suspicion of rape, sexual molestation and unlawful coercion.
November 20An international arrest warrant for Assange is issued by Swedish police via Interpol.
November 30Interpol issues a "red notice" for Assange.
December 8Assange presents himself to London police. Extradition hearing. Remanded in custody.
December 14World media and protesters besiege the road outside London's City of Westminster Magistrate' Court, where Assange is appearing on an extradition warrant. He is granted bail on security of £200,000 to court and guarantee of two sureties of £20,000. The court's decision is welcomed by high profile supporters Jemima Khan, Tariq Ali and John Pilger. Two hours later, the Swedish authorities challenge decision to grant bail. Assange kept in custody.
December 16Granted bail after supporters pay £240,000 cash and sureties.
December 17Claims investigation illegal. Not been provided with evidence relating to the allegations.


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February 7Extradition hearing at Belmarsh magistrates' court. Swedish prosecutor accused of "biased view" against men. Swedish officials confirm they wish to prosecute.
February 8During the second day of the proceedings, the court is told that a hoard of secret text messages could hold the key to finally clearing Assange's name.
February 11Case adjourned. His lawyers claim extradition would breach his human rights and say he could be taken to US and executed.
February 24Court rules for extradition to Sweden and denies this would breach his human rights. Assange vows to fight the decision.
March 3Assange's lawyers say they have lodged papers at the High Court for an appeal against the ruling.
July 12Assange launches his appeal at the High Court. His QC Ben Emmerson argues that the European arrest warrant that led to his client's arrest contained "fundamental misstatements" of what had occurred in Stockholm last August.
July 13Judges reserve judgment on the appeal.
November 2Assange loses appeal. He says he will consider his next steps in the days ahead. His supporters express outrage at the decision and vow they will continue to back him.


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May 30The UK supreme court upholds high court decision, rules that extradition is lawful and can go ahead.
June 14The UK supreme court rejects a move by Assange to reopen his appeal against his extradition, saying it was "without merit". He has until June 28 to ask European judges in Strasbourg to consider his case and postpone extradition on the basis that he has not had a fair hearing from the UK courts.
June 19Assange enters the Ecuadorian embassy in London, requesting political asylum.