Celebrity backers acting as Assange's 'bail sureties' ordered to pay almost 100,000 pounds

Last Updated: Tue, Oct 09, 2012 06:20 hrs

Nine high profile people who acted as Wikileaks founder Julian Assange's bail sureties have reportedly been ordered to pay a total of 93,500 pounds.

A UK judge ruled that his nine backers have to pay the cash by November 6.

"I accept that they trusted Assange to surrender himself as required," the Daily Mail quoted Chief Magistrate Howard Riddle, as saying.

"However, they failed in their basic duty, to ensure his surrender. They must have understood the risk and the concerns of the courts," he added.

According to the paper, Vaughan Smith, one of the sureties, addressed Westminster Magistrates' Court last week on behalf of the nine, who put up 140,000 pounds between them.

He said all those who offered sureties of varying amounts are 'convinced that they have done and are doing the right thing'.

Meanwhile, Assange, 41, is holed up in Ecuador's embassy in London since June 19 after going there to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted to face questioning over allegations of rape and sexual assault. (ANI)

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