Assange changes lawyer in Sweden for second time

Julian Assange has asked to change his lawyer in Sweden for the second time since he was accused of sex crimes.

Updated: Nov 18, 2011, 09:16 AM IST

Stockholm: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange
has asked to change his lawyer in Sweden for the second time
since he was accused of sex crimes in the Nordic country.

Lawyer Bjorn Hurtig said Assange replaced him on Saturday with
lawyers Per Samuelsson and Thomas Olsson, though he declined
to say why. Hurtig last year replaced Assange`s first lawyer.

Samuelsson says he has a long track-record as a defence
lawyer in sex crime cases and a thorough knowledge of Sweden`s
sex-crime law.

Assange was accused of rape, coercion and molestation
following encounters with two Swedish women in August 2010 but
has not been charged with any crime.

On Tuesday he made a last effort to stave off extradition
to Sweden from Britain by filing an appeal request to
Britain`s highest court.

PTI