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    Default WikiLeaks founder Assange arrested, denied bail

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    Whistle-blower website WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who was arrested in London ] on Tuesday on rape charges after remaining incommunicado for nearly a week, was sent to custody after being denied bail by a British court.

    Assange, an Australian citizen, was arrested by the Metropolitan police on the basis of an arrest warrant issued from Sweden related to allegations of sexual assaults against him.

    Assange was later produced before the Westminster Magistrates Court where he was denied bail. After being refused bail on charges of allegedly sexually assaulted two women in Sweden, Assange was remanded in custody pending a full hearing on December 14.

    Assange told a judge at City of Westminster Magistrates' Court that he would contest his extradition to Sweden.

    In a statement, the police said, "Officers from the Metropolitan Police Extradition Unit have this morning arrested Julian Assange on behalf of the Swedish authorities on suspicion of rape."

    Assange "was arrested on a European Arrest Warrant by appointment at a London police station at 9.30 am. He is accused by the Swedish authorities of one count of unlawful coercion, two counts of sexual molestation and one count of rape, all alleged to have been committed in August 2010."
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