Swedish court upholds Julian Assange's arrest warrant for sex claims
The WikiLeaks founder has previously said he still wouldn't leave the Ecuadorian Embassy
Wednesday 16 July 2014
A Swedish court has upheld a detention order on Julian Assange, reaffirming the legal basis for an international warrant for the WikiLeaks founder.
The WikiLeaks founder's lawyers said they will appeal the decision made today by the Stockholm District Court.
Mr Assange took refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in London to avoid extradition over the allegations in June 2012 and had previously said he would stay there even if the Swedish case is dropped.
He has denied claims that he sexually molested one woman in Stockholm and raped another woman in Enkoping as she slept in 2010, saying they are part of a smear campaign against him.
The Swedish court held a public hearing on Wednesday on whether to lift his arrest warrant after a legal challenge, the Guardian reported.
His lawyers, Thomas Olsson and Per Samuelson, are believed to have argued that the allegations have insufficient basis and that the European arrest warrant was disproportionate.
Julian Assange delivers a statement on the balcony at the Ecuador Embassy on 19 August 2012 But Swedish prosecutors argued there are sufficient grounds to continue with the case and his lack of liberty in the Ecuadorian embassy was voluntary.
Last year, Mr Assange said he would stay there even if sex claims were dropped because he feared the US was also trying to extradite him.
He said: “The strong view of my US lawyer is that there is already a sealed indictment which means I would be arrested, unless the British Government gave information or guarantees that would grant me safe passage.
“We know there is an ongoing investigation in the US and we know I am a target of the Federal grand jury. There is a 99.97% chance that I will be indicted.
"So if the Swedish Government drops their request (to go to Sweden) tomorrow, I still cannot leave the embassy.”
A bizarre video was posted online last week of him working out inside the building with former Manchester United footballer Eric Cantona.
WikiLeaks was involved in several court cases, including the high profile trial of former US army intelligence officer Bradley Manning,
Swedish and British lawyers have criticised the refusal to question Assange in London as the deadlock continues in the case for a second year.
The hearing was due to start at noon, British Summer Time, and end at 4pm.
Britain First criticised for using actress's memory to draw attention to their 'hate-filled home page'
Emergency call 'started off dumb, but got pretty serious'
Greatest mystery about the hit BBC1 show is how it continues to be made at all, writes Grace Dent
- 1 This 'woman calls police to order pizza' story isn't going where you're expecting
- 2 Axe wielding man shot dead after attacking four New York policemen on busy street
- 3 Watch what happened when food critics were unknowingly served McDonald's
- 4 Jimmy Carr's Oscar Pistorius joke goes a bit too far at the Q Awards
- 5 Ottawa shootings: Bruce MacKinnon's cartoon is the perfect tribute to soldier Nathan Cirillo
Renee Zellweger on plastic surgery rumours: 'I'm living a more fulfilling life and I'm thrilled that perhaps it shows'
FCKH8: YouTube reinstates provocative anti-sexism video showing young girls swearing
This 'woman calls police to order pizza' story isn't going where you're expecting
Axe wielding man shot dead after attacking four New York policemen on busy street
Jimmy Carr's Oscar Pistorius joke goes a bit too far at the Q Awards
Of course, teenage girls need role models – but not like beauty vlogger Zoella
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Support for EU membership 'at highest level since 1991' with most Brits wanting to stay 'in'
Thousands with degenerative conditions classified as 'fit to work in future' – despite no possibility of improvement
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
Attacks on 'Ukip Calypso' show how skewed people’s priorities are
£40000 - £50000 Per Annum Excellent benefits: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd:...
£30000 - £35000 Per Annum Excellent benefits: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd:...
£35000 - £40000 Per Annum Excellent benefits: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd:...
£47,334 - £59,058 per annum: Coventry University: The Centre for Agroecology, ...