Assange loses appeal to overturn United Kingdom arrest warrant
- Author: Ryan Wade Feb 07, 2018,
Feb 07, 2018, 1:33
Julian Assange's attempt to have an arrest warrant against him in the United Kingdom has failed, meaning he'll remain in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London that has been his refuge since 2012.
His lawyers had argued that because Sweden ended its rape investigation against Assange, there was no longer any justification for the arrest warrant against him.
The Australian has taken refuge inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London for more than five years because he fears extradition to the US. The case against him was dropped last May, but British authorities say Assange is still wanted for skipping bail when he fled to the embassy over five years ago.
"Normally", Judge Arbuthnot said, "such issues would only be considered if somebody were brought to court to explain their failure to surrender to bail".
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"I am not persuaded that the warrant should be withdrawn", Arbuthnot, the chief magistrate of England and Wales, said during the hearing at Westminster Magistrates Court.
Extradition lawyer Rebecca Niblock, of the law firm Kingsley Napley, said before the ruling that Assange's legal argument was a longshot.
Mr Assange was interviewed in November 2016 at the Ecuadorian embassy and the interview was relayed to Swedish prosecutors.
A separate evening demonstration outside the Ecuadoran Embassy was planned for Tuesday evening.
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It comes on the day a court ruled an arrest warrant against the WikiLeaks founder is still valid despite Swedish authorities ending an investigation against him. Britain rejected the appeal, saying that "the way to resolve this issue is for Julian Assange to leave the embassy to face justice". "Mr Assange failed to surrender to custody". Mr Assange has been released on bail, 2.
The country has already given him citizenship.
The British government has already refused a request for Mr Assange to be bestowed diplomatic status granting immunity should he try to leave the building.
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