Swedish Supreme Court Rejects Julian Assange's Arrest Warrant Appeal
May 11, 2015 at 12:45
CANBERA (dpa-AFX) - Sweden's supreme court rejected WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's appeal over his arrest on rape and sexual assault allegations. Sweden has issued an arrest warrant to Assange, based on different complaints of rape and sexual assault by two Swedish women in 2010.
The whistle blower has been maintaining that the sexual encounters were consensual and alleged that the plot was to extradite him to U.S. He has been staying in embassy of Ecuador in London since 2012, to avoid extradition to Sweden.
The court noted that the investigators are trying to question Assange at his present residence and it finds no reason to lift the arrest warrant. However, one judge in the panel dissented.
U.S wants Assange in custody to question him over allegations of hacking and releasing of more than 500 thousand classified files on Afghan and Iraq war and 250 thousand secret diplomatic cables.
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