Assange's Swedish lawyer investigated

March 2, 2011 at 10:05 AM
| License Photo

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, March 2 (UPI) -- The Swedish Bar Association said it was investigating WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's lawyer after a British judge said the attorney misled the court.

In his ruling last week that Assange should be extradited to Sweden, District Judge Howard Riddle accused attorney Bjorn Hurtig of deliberately misleading the court, calling him "unreliable."

Based on Riddle's comments, the bar association said it decided to demand Hurtig explain his actions, Swedish news agency Tidningarnas Telegrambyra reported Wednesday.

"We sent Hurtig a letter last week and asked him to explain himself," Bar Association Secretary-General Anne Ramberg said, calling Riddle's statements a "extremely serious critique" of the Swedish lawyer. "If I'm not satisfied with Hurtig's explanation, I may go to the bar association's governing board, and after that, the disciplinary committee, which has the final say on any possible consequences."

Riddle also said Hurtig, who testified at the extradition hearing, deliberately gave faulty information about how many times Swedish prosecutors tried to contact him concerning sexual assault allegations made against Assange in Sweden last summer.

Hurtig rejected the British judge's criticism, saying he was "a reliable person. I'm a reliable witness."

Hurtig has until March 14 to respond to the bar association's letter.

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
Catholic Church in Norway ordered to pay $5.1 million for fraud
North Korean diplomats sending their children to mental hospitals
Report: North Korea executed over 1,300 people
Shark bite confirmed off North Carolina shore
Jerusalem family finds ancient ritual bath under home