Assange guarantors asked to pay $150K

Last Updated: Tue, Oct 09, 2012 03:05 hrs

London: Nine people, who had provided sureties for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, were ordered to hand over 93,500 pounds or nearly $150,000 after he skipped bail by seeking refuge in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London.

Giving them until Nov 6 to pay up, the Westminster Magistrate's Court ruled that the guarantors - who include Nobel prize-winning biologist John Sulston - are liable for part of the 140,000 pound bail fee they pledged.

Assange, who had angered the United States by releasing thousands of its secret diplomatic cables, was arrested in December 2010 on an extradition warrant from Sweden where he is wanted for questioning over alleged sex crimes against two women.

The 41-year-old Australian who denies wrongdoing and says the allegations are an attempt to have him extradited to the U.S. had broke the conditions of his bail when he entered the Ecuadorean embassy in June.

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