Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 17 September 2014

Swedish court upholds Assange order

Julian Assange has been in the Ecuadorean embassy in London since seeking asylum there in June 2012

A Swedish court today upheld its detention order on Julian Assange, reaffirming the legal basis for an international warrant for the WikiLeaks founder which has kept him hiding in the Ecuadorean embassy in London for two years.

Mr Assange's lawyers said they will appeal the Stockholm district court's decision.

No charges have been brought against Mr Assange in Sweden but he is wanted for questioning by police over allegations of sexual misconduct and rape involving two women he met during a visit to the Scandinavian country in 2010.

Prosecutors have declined to allow the possibility of questioning him in London.

Even if Sweden had dropped its case against Mr Assange, he would face immediate arrest by British police for violating his bail conditions when he fled officials and sought refuge at the embassy.

The police have maintained a constant presence outside the embassy since then.

In a meeting last month with reporters at the embassy to mark his second year of hiding, Mr Assange said had no intention of going to Sweden because he has no guarantees he would not subsequently be sent to the US, where an investigation into WikiLeaks' dissemination of hundreds of thousands of classified US documents remains live.

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