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Australia asks Sweden to give Assange fair hearing


STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Australia has asked Sweden to make sure that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange gets a fair hearing if he's turned over from Britain to face charges of sexual misconduct.

Australia's ambassador to Sweden, Paul Stephens, says his government expects the case will proceed "with due process and the provisions prescribed under Swedish law."

Assange, a 39-year-old Australian citizen, is wanted for questioning in Sweden on sex crime allegations stemming from a brief visit here last summer.

His lawyers have sharply criticized Sweden's justice system, particularly its practice of holding some rape trials in private to protect the identity of alleged victims.

Stephens' letter was sent on Feb. 10 and viewed by The Associated Press on Friday.

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