Julian Assange gets freedom, but not free

Julian Assange
London, Dec 15: The Central London Court has granted bail for whistle-blower website WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Tuesday, Dec 14 in connection with alleged rape case in Sweden.

Even though the court granted bail, Assange has to stay in jail as Sweden appealed against bail decision. Assange has spent more than a week in prison over sexual assault allegations involving two Swedish women.

Court ordered that Assange has to stay at Ellingham Hall, a Georgian mansion in Bungay, eastern England. He also will be electronically tagged, so that police can track his movements. Court said that Assange has to report daily to the police from 6pm to 8pm also will be under curfew every day from 10pm to 2am and from 10am to 2pm.

Assange's lawyers thrashed Swedish's decision to appeal against the bail. They accused that Sweden authorities are trying to work for United States.

"This is really turning into a show trial. He (Assange) is an innocent man sitting in Dickensian conditions, Victorian conditions in Wandsworth jail," Mark Stephens, a lawyer for Assange, said.

The WikiLeaks founder, who became the centre of attention after the release of United States diplomatic cables, has to pay post a 200,000 pound bond for the bail.

Any how, many popular celebrities including filmmaker Michael Moore, Australian journalist John Pilger, and Jemima Khan, former wife of Pakistani cricketer Imran Khan have offered support to Assange.

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