SWEDISH COURT UPHOLDS DETENTION ORDER ON JULIAN ASSANGE

Washington Times on July 16, 2014, published an AP report on a Swedish court upholding its detention order on Julian Assange, reaffirming the legal basis for an international warrant for the WikiLeaks founder which has kept him hiding in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London for two years. Excerpts below:

No charges have been brought against Assange in Sweden but he is wanted for questioning by police over allegations of sexual misconduct and rape involving two women he met during a visit to the Scandinavian country in 2010. Prosecutors have declined to allow the possibility of questioning him in London.

Even if Sweden had dropped its case against Assange, he would face immediate arrest by British police for violating his bail conditions when he fled officials and sought refuge at the embassy. The police have maintained a constant presence outside the embassy since then.

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