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Arrest warrant against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange upheld by Swedish court

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By Thomas Seymat
Arrest warrant against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange upheld by Swedish court

<p>On Wednesday a Swedish court upheld an arrest warrant for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has spent two years at Ecuador’s London embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden over allegations of sexual assault.</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="fr"><p>Stockholm district court upholds arrest warrant for Julian Assange, ruling just in.</p>— Sven Grundberg (@svengrundberg) <a href="https://twitter.com/svengrundberg/statuses/489440738673844224">16 Juillet 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="fr"><p>Stockholm court says Assange is still suspected for rape and molestation.</p>— Sven Grundberg (@svengrundberg) <a href="https://twitter.com/svengrundberg/statuses/489441198357372929">16 Juillet 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="fr"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Assange?src=hash">#Assange</a> is still suspected, with probable cause, of sex crimes. His detention order remains in place says judge Lena Egelin <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Assange?src=hash">#Assange</a></p>— Per Nyberg (@per_nyberg) <a href="https://twitter.com/per_nyberg/statuses/489441053985243136">16 Juillet 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="fr"><p>This means the Swedish detention order stays put <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Assange?src=hash">#Assange</a></p>— Per Nyberg (@per_nyberg) <a href="https://twitter.com/per_nyberg/statuses/489441577627291650">16 Juillet 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>According to the Wall Street Journal’s Sven Grundberg on Twitter: “Julian Assange’s Swedish lawyer says he will appeal the court ruling to uphold the arrest warrant to the appellate court.”</p> <p>Swedish prosecutors want to question Assange over the allegations made by two female former WikiLeaks volunteers. Assange denies the allegations and has been fighting a legal battle against extradition since his arrest in Britain in December 2010.</p> <p>Having exhausted all legal options in British courts, in June 2012 Assange sought refuge in Ecuador’s embassy in Britain to avoid being extradited to Sweden.</p> <p>He has said he fears that being sent to Sweden would be a pretext for transferring him to the United States, where WikiLeaks has sparked an uproar with its publication of thousands of secret documents.</p> <p>(With agencies)</p>