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Julian Assange, pictured through the heavily tinted windows of a police vehicle

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, pictured through the heavily tinted windows of a police vehicle as he arrives at Westminster magistrates court in London, on 14 December 2010. Photograph: Carl Court/AFP/Getty Images

5.44pm:Just to recap: Assange will remain in prison, at least until the appeal is heard. That seems to be the end of the excitement and confusion for today at least. I'm off home. Thanks for all your comments.

5.36pm:Speaking again outside the court, Stephens says the Swedes will not abide by the umpire's decision. "They [the Swedish authorities] clearly will not spare any expense to keep Mr Assange in jail," he added.

"This is really turning in to a show trial. We will be in court in the next 48 hours, they haven't given us the courtesy to say when. It is an unfortunate state of affairs ... but given their history of persecuting of Mr Assange, it is perhaps not surprising."

Asked how Assange had taken the decision, Stephens said he was phlegmatic.

5.29pm:"I understand," Assange said,Sam Jones has tweeted.

5.28pm:The appeal will take place at the high court, BBC news reports.

5.26pm:Forget the last half an hour the decision will be challenged by the Swedish authorities. There's going to be an appeal within 48 hours, Sam reports.

5.25pm:Assange is back in court, Sam Jones reports. "Stephens has passed his client a note. Discussion with QC, too," he tweets.

5.22pm:Sam Jones is tweeting from the court. You can read his updates hereor on the right-hand side of the blog.

5.20pm:Confusion reigns outside the court. We had heard, via reporters briefed by Assange's lawyers, that the Swedish authorities would not appeal but that is yet to be confirmed. "There's been confusion in the passing of messages to me," Stephens said.

They are all back in the court now. More Twitter court reporting to come?

5.15pm:Somewhere amid the confusion, Assange's mother, Christine, appeared outside the court and said she was "very very happy".

5.12pm:Stephens says the court will meet again at 5.15pm. At that point, the Swedish authorities will make it clear whether they will launch an appeal.

5.06pm:Stephens said it could take several days to raise the cash, but added: "Mr Assange believes in British justice, and he has been encouraged in that today."

4.59pm:More from Stephens about Assange's prospects of freedom:

Source: guardian.co.uk