Swedish court rejects WikiLeaks founder’s appeal

Swedish Court rejects Julian Assange’s appeal to lift sexual assault allegations

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Sweden’s supreme court rejected an appeal by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to lift two sexual assault allegations made against him on 2010.

Julian Assange’s lawyer Per Samuelson said, “We are of course disappointed and critical of the Supreme Court’s way of handling the case. This decision has been taken without letting us close our argument.”

The 43-year-old has denied allegations made by two women he met while on a trip in Sweden in 2010.

On Monday, the court ruled that the arrest warrant against Assange will not be lifted.

“The supreme court notes that investigators have begun efforts to question Julian Assange in London. The court finds no reason to lift the arrest,” said a court statement.

Assange has been living in refuge in Ecuador’s London embassy since 2012 to avoid deportation.

British police officers have been guarding the embassy on a 24 hour basis after Sweden issued a warrant calling for the arrest of the Australian national, who could be extradited to Sweden to face charges.

Assange stated the allegations are a plot to get him deported to Sweden to be later extradited to the US, where he is wanted for the leaking of 500,000 classified military files and could potentially face the death penalty.  


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