WikiLeaks chief extradition decision due on Feb.24

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will hear on February 24 if a judge has ruled in favour of his extradition to Sweden, court officials said Friday.

After three days of legal argument, Judge Howard Riddle told Assange to report back to Belmarsh Magistrates Court in London on February 24.

Court officials confirmed to AFP that the judge was expected to give his decision on that day.

But if he rules in favour of Sweden's attempts to secure Assange's extradition from Britain to face questioning over allegations of rape and sexual assault, the WikiLeaks founder can appeal the decision.

Assange, a 39-year-old computer expert who has infuriated the US government by releasing thousands of secret US diplomatic cables on his website, is wanted in Sweden to answer questions about allegations of sexual misconduct made by two WikiLeaks volunteers.

Judge Howard Riddle was speaking after a three-day hearing at Belmarsh magistrates' court in southeast London.

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