Wikileaks founder Julian Assange awaits bail appeal
The founder of whistle-blowing website Wikileaks, Julian Assange, will know by Thursday if he will be freed on bail. Assange is being held in the UK, where he is fighting extradition to Sweden
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange arrives at Westminster Magistrates Court inside a prison van with red windows. During the hearing, a judge granted Assange conditional bail - only for him to be told two hours later that he must remain behind bars pending the appeal, which must be heard within the next 48 hours. Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange's mother Christine Assange arrives at the City of Westminster Magistrates Court to support her son. Journalists wait to enter Westminster Magistrates Court, where Assange is fighting extradition to Sweden after denying sexually assaulting two women. A large crowd including demonstrators and a number of Mr Assange's high-profile supporters gathered outside City of Westminster Magistrates' Court for the bail hearing . Julian Assange's lawyer, Mark Stephens arrives at court. Assange was granted bail on condition he provides a security of £200,000 to the court, with a further £40,000 guaranteed in two sureties of £20,000 each. Sweden has appealed the decision. Protesters demonstrate in London for Assange's release. In recent weeks, Wikileaks has published a series of US diplomatic cables revealing confidential information on subjects such as terrorism and international relations. Jemima Kahn arrives in London to support Assange during his hearing. She is one of a number of high-profile supporters of the Wikileaks founder. Celebrity backer Jemima Khan said she did not want to comment further on the fresh bid for bail.\nShe said: "There are people far more intellectual than me who have something to say today." A protester holds up a photo copy of the front cover of Time Magazine featuring Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. In his first appearance at court last week, Mr Assange was refused bail on the grounds he could flee - despite the offer of sureties from figures such as film director Ken Loach (above) Journalist John Pilger, above, who last week offered £20,000 to help raise bail for Mr Assange, said the unbalanced European arrest warrant is at the centre of the case against Assange. Protestors have gathered outside each court appearance to support the release of Assange Human rights lawyer Geoffrey Robertson QC arrives at Westminster Magistrates court. Journalist John Pilger said he feared Assange will ultimately be extradited to the United States, where he could face life in prison. Protestors claim that Assange has been targeted for his role in Wikileaks exposure of US military strikes. Assange's arrest is in response to his whistle-blowing, his supporters say.