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UK Judge Denies Julian Assange's Request To Drop Arrest Warrant

UK Judge Denies Julian Assange's Request To Drop Arrest Warrant

Julian Assange still faces arrest if he leaves the Ecuadorian embassy in London after a court ruled a warrant against him was still valid.

Lawyers representing Assange argued the warrant should be scrapped because he is no longer wanted for questioning in Sweden.

Sweden dropped its investigation a year ago, but British police are still seeking to arrest Assange for failing to surrender to a court after violating bail terms during his unsuccessful battle against extradition.

Assange's lawyer Mark Summers then asked the judge if it would be in public interest to continue pursuing his client for breach of bail conditions. Though that case eventually timed out in May previous year, the unwelcome guest has stayed put because he fears being arrested by British police and handed over to the Americans, who want to prosecute him over his WikiLeaks website. She said he would be able to argue his case and "put an argument for reasonable cause" for breaching his bail conditions.

Should she rule in Assange's favour next Tuesday, it remains unlikely however that he will leave the embassy immediately.




A prosecutor did however say that if Assange is ever passing through Sweden, he should still pop in.

London police responded to reports of a suspicious package at Ecuador's embassy in the city on Tuesday. Assange has said his extradition to Sweden was merely a ploy to eventually have him extradited to the United States (Foreign Policy), where he faces potential espionage charges for his publishing work at WikiLeaks. He could still be arrested for leaving Ecuador's embassy in London, where he has lived for years.

Mr Assange was interviewed in November 2016 at the Ecuadorian embassy and the interview was relayed to Swedish prosecutors.

Mr Assange wrote: "I can confirm that a package containing an unknown white powdery substance and a threat was addressed to my name".

"Mr Assange had been released on bail in proceedings", said Mr Watkins. A decision in Assange's favor would end Britain's case against him. Some carried placards reading "Assange safe passage" and "Don't shoot the messenger".

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