Julian Assange loses legal bid to overturn United Kingdom arrest warrant

Julian Assange loses legal bid to overturn United Kingdom arrest warrant

Julian Assange loses legal bid to overturn United Kingdom arrest warrant

A United Kingdom warrant to arrest Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is still valid, a British court has ruled.

Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, speaks to media and supporters from a balcony at the Ecuadorian embassy in London on May 19, 2017.

Assange, 46, entered the embassy in an apartment in the wealthy district of Knightsbridge to avoid extradition to Sweden to face an allegation of rape, which he denied. But Assange was still subject to the British warrant for breaching his bail conditions in 2012.

She said that whistleblower had committed an offence under the Bail Act by refusing to surrender to bail and must explain why he failed to do so.

But the judge, Emma Arbuthnot, said she was "not persuaded that the warrant should be withdrawn", without elaborating why, The New York Times reported.

London police responded to reports of a suspicious package at Ecuador's embassy in the city on Tuesday.

Swedish authorities dropped the charges, assuming they couldn't get Assange to the country for questioning, but the United Kingdom still has a warrant.

That apprehension related to "what might happen to him in America as a result of extant legal procedures" as well as "what has happened to others", Mr Summers said.

He has said he feared Sweden would hand him over to the United States to face prosecution over Wikileaks' publication of leaked USA military and diplomatic documents.

But Crown Prosecution Service lawyer Aaron Watkins told the court it would be "absurd" if a defendant was effectively rewarded for managing to evade proceedings for sufficiently long that they fell away. Britain rejected the appeal, saying that "the way to resolve this issue is for Julian Assange to leave the embassy to face justice".

Assange has been living in a tiny room in the Ecuadoran Embassy, and his organization continues to release sensitive documents on the Internet.

This meant bail warrant was the only thing keeping Assange in the embassy.

In December, Assange was granted Ecuadorean citizenship after applying for it months earlier.

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