"I have not been charged with any crime in any country," Assange said outside the High Court in London after losing an extradition battle there. "Despite this, the European arrest warrant is so restrictive that it prevents U.K. courts from considering the facts of a case, as judges have made clear here today." (CNN)
It is simply absurd that Mr. Assange is attempting to attack the mechanism behind the European Arrest Warrant (EAW). Indeed, Mr. Assange must be dillusional. Absent retrospective changes in the relevant law, the alleged grounds he is attempting to pursue are doomed to fail. This is primarily because of the differences in the legal systems within Europe it is not a requirement that a person shall be "charged" (in the common law sense) before an EAW is issued. This is how the drafters of the law wanted it to be. Accordingly, any argument to that direction is a moot point. Secondly, it is more common than not that in an extradition proceeding the "facts" are not to be considered by the requested country as that is specifically left for the courts and officials in the requesting country.