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Wikileaks’ Julian Assange supporters ordered to pay

Nine people who put up bail sureties for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange have been ordered by a judge to pay thousands of pounds each.

Westminster Chief Magistrate Howard Riddle said they must pay a total of £93,500 by 6 November.

Mr Assange’s supporters offered the sureties before he took refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in London to avoid extradition to Sweden.

He faces arrest if he leaves the embassy after breaking bail conditions.

Mr Assange has been granted political asylum by Ecuador and has been in the embassy since June.

He fears that if he is extradited to Sweden he will be sent to the US to be questioned about the whistle-blowing Wikileaks website – but this has been denied by Swedish prosecutors.

Mr Assange was arrested on an extradition warrant and is wanted for questioning in Sweden over rape and sexual assault allegations, which he denies.

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