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Following more than two days of hearings this month at a London magistrate’s court, Judge Howard Riddle on Thursday morning (local time) ordered that the 39-year-old Australian be sent to Stockholm for questioning over allegations of rape and sexual assault.

Ms Assange says Julian has been abandoned by the Australian government and left to operate under a flawed legal process.

“It’s a real David and Goliath situation,” Christine Assange told AAP.

“You’ve got misuse of the European arrest warrant, first time ever that it’s been used this way.

“I would say that what we’re looking at here is political and legal gang rape of my son.”

Ms Assange says she had expected the extradition order following a string of obstacles to justice, including attacks on WikiLeaks funds and Swedish prosecutors’ refusal to interview her son in English.

“What Julian through his site is proving (is) the need for WikiLeaks,” Ms Assange said.

She called on Australians to lobby their local MPs to stand up against what she described as an abuse of process.

“I’m, obviously, scared for him as a mother but the world ought to be scared for its democracies.

“The greatest fear I have is that the western world in its effort to shut up someone who’s telling the truth to the people of their countries will breach every piece of legislation in order to get him and will co-operate across borders to do so.”

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