6 Dec 2011

Further delay obtained by Assange

5:13 am on 6 December 2011

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has won the right to petition the Supreme Court in Britain in his fight against extradition to Sweden.

He previously lost a High Court battle to be extradited for questioning over sex offences, which he denies.

Two High Court judges upheld a previous ruling on 2 November.

Judges refused Mr Assange permission to appeal directly to the Supreme Court - but said his case raised a question of general public importance.

He can now directly ask the Supreme Court to look at his case.

The ABC reports he now has 14 days to formally lodge an appeal. Mr Assange, 40, was arrested in December last year.