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Assange loses another chance to cancel UK arrest warrant


Assange loses another chance to cancel UK arrest warrant

The judge rejected claims that Assange was suffering from his confinement, saying: “Mr Assange’s health problems could be much worse.” She had last week rejected claims by Assange’s team that the warrant was rendered null-and-void because there was no longer any underlying crime.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Tuesday lost his legal battle to overturn a British arrest warrant against him, and with it his hopes of freely leaving Ecuador’s London embassy where he has been holed up since 2012.

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But the judge rejected this, adding: “He appears to consider himself above the normal rules of law and wants justice only if it goes in his favour.” Gareth Peirce, one of Assange’s lawyers, told AFP it would be possible to appeal against the judge’s decision, but she said this had not yet been decided.

Sweden dropped its investigation last year, but the British warrant for his arrest for jumping bail remains, meaning he would be detained as soon as he steps outside.

Assange was awaiting extradition to Sweden over a 2010 investigation into claims of rape and sexual assault when he breached his bail conditions to seek refuge in the embassy.

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