WikiLeaks founder back in court over extradition

London: The founder of secret-spilling website WikiLeaks was back in court on Tuesday as part of his fight to avoid being extradited to Sweden, where he`s wanted on sex crimes allegations.

Julian Assange, 39, was driven to London`s high-security Belmarsh Magistrates` Court accompanied by his lawyer Mark Stephens. The procedural hearing lasted for only about 10 minutes, with lawyers for both sides saying they were on track for Assange`s next court appearance on February 7.

The rape and molestation accusations against Assange stem from encounters with two women during a trip to Sweden taken over the summer, just as his website was garnering global attention with its huge leaks of classified US material.

The Swedish case has divided world opinion.