WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange loses extradition fight 11 hours ago by ?*Kev Hedges Politics - 1*comment Listen to this article (by ReadSpeaker) A district judge in south London has told WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange he should be extradited to Sweden. Judge Howard Riddle said the extradition would not breach his human rights. ? ?*1*More*Image ??? Share Tweet London - Julian Assange and his team have already stated they will appeal against the court ruling issued at Belmarsh Magistrates' Court in south London today. He faces three allegations of sexual assault and a rape charge in Stockholm. The Wikileaks founder has long argued his extradition proceedings and allegations of sexual assault are politically motivated to discredit him following the leaking of several sensitive documents on his Wikileaks website. Mr Assange's lawyers argued he would not receive a fair trail in Sweden and fears eventual extradition to the US where his legal team argue he may face torture and incarceration. However the magistrates court ruling dismissed these arguments which mean extradition would begin within the next ten days if there is to be no appeal lodged. ? They had claimed that critical remarks made by Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt had labelled Mr Assange "public enemy number one" in the Scandinavian state. Mr Assange's lawyer, Geoffrey Robinson QC, argued that rape trials in Sweden are often held in secret and flagrantly deny justice. Judge Riddle said that did not mean he would not get a fair trial and the Prime Minister's remarks were not necessarily likely to inflict Assange as a public enemy, reports BBC News . New Media Days/Peter Erichsen WikiLeaks founder Julian Assaunge Mr Assange has already spent nine days in Wandsworth prison in early December. He was then released on bail. Celebrity supporters including Jemima Khan looked on from the gallery as Mr Assange learnt of his fate. The author and socialite has attended every one of Mr Assange's hearings. Wikileaks has struggled to raise funds since Assange's extradition hearings began and he has began a Facebook campaign to raise funds for his defence hearings.