Judge: Assange's arrest warrant stays

Politics | World 2/13/2018, 4:01 PM
Judge: Assange's arrest warrant stays

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will continue to face detention if he leaves the Ecuadorian Embassy in London as a United Kingdom judge ruled against lifting Assange’s arrest warrant on Tuesday. Judge Emma Arbuthnot did not accept Assange’s lawyers' arguments that continuing to pursue him for skipping bail in 2012 and seeking shelter in the embassy to avoid extradition was not in the public interest. Arbuthnot said she finds “arrest is a proportionate response” to his actions.

Despite the fact that Sweden's officials dropped the investigation into allegations of sexual assault and rape made by two women, Assange is still being pursued for skipping bail. The WikiLeaks editor-in-chief has been living in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London since 2012.

Last week it was reported that the Westminster Magistrates Court ruled against lifting his arrest warrant, a claim Assange branded “fake news.”

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