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Arrest warrant against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange upheld by Swedish court

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Arrest warrant against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange upheld by Swedish court

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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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

(With agencies)