Wikileaks founder loses appeal to have United Kingdom arrest warrant withdrawn

Julian Assange

Assange, 46, has been holed up inside the Ecuadorean embassy in London for more than five years because he fears extradition to the United States.

The UK issued a warrant in 2012, and he would have been arrested for skipping bail to avoid extradition to Sweden to face an allegation of rape if he attempted to leave the embassy. While Swedish prosecutors dropped the case a year ago due to its inability to extradite him, Assange is still subject to a British warrant for escaping bail in 2012.

After the ruling, one of Assange's lawyers, Mark Summers, asked whether it was in the public interest to keep pursuing his client for breach of bail.

His clients has repeatedly pointed out that if he leaves the Embassy where he has been holed up for half a decade he fears being extradited to the United States where he could face a severe sentence for leaking hundreds of thousands of secret USA military and diplomatic documents.

A separate evening demonstration outside the Ecuadoran Embassy was planned for Tuesday evening. "I am not persuaded that the warrant should be withdrawn". She said he would be able to argue his case and "put an argument for reasonable cause" for breaching his bail conditions.

"He was arrested in this country in December 2010 and from the very outset did two things".

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

The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) said the incident was "stood down" after the package was assessed.




On Tuesday, the court ruled the warrant is still valid.

Julian Assange has claimed a package containing a "threat" and white substance was sent to him at the Ecuadorian Embassy.

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

"He was under a duty to surrender to the custody of the court and failed to surrender at the appointed time for him to do so".

Sympathy levels for the founder of Wikileaks differ, pursuant to his perceived personal characteristics.

"The British authorities' failure to provide assurance against that risk is the reason he sought asylum in the embassy in the first place", she said.

Assange's defenders call him a freedom fighter who's being persecuted for telling the truth.

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