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Arrest warrant upheld in Julian Assange case, new hearing on February 13

Arrest warrant upheld in Julian Assange case, new hearing on February 13

It comes on the day a court ruled an arrest warrant against the WikiLeaks founder is still valid despite Swedish authorities ending an investigation against him.

Assange tweeted that the court had adjourned his arrest warrant case and that judgment would take place on February 13, 2018.

He has said he feared Sweden would hand him over to the United States to face prosecution over Wikileaks' publication of leaked us military and diplomatic documents.

Officials in Ecuador have spent years trying to figure out how to get rid of Assange, with Ecuador's president Lenin Moreno recently calling the silver-haired troublemaker an "inherited problem" and "more than a nuisance".

She added it was "not uncommon" for people to be pursued for bail offences after the proceedings the bail related to were discontinued.

British prosecutors, who called for the warrant to be upheld, said Assange shouldn't be immune from the law simply because he has managed to evade justice for so long.

The judge is now considering written submissions from Assange's lawyers on other grounds.




Assange was granted political asylum in 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden over rape allegations.

Assange sought asylum in the embassy because he fears he will eventually be extradited to the United States and prosecuted over WikiLeaks' publication of thousands of secret military documents in 2010.

Assange has been living in a tiny room in the Ecuadoran Embassy, and his organization continues to release sensitive documents on the Internet.

Swedish authorities may have been swayed by Baywatch beauty Pamela Anderson, who is close to Assange and convinced he was set up.

File image of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

In May a year ago, Swedish prosecutor Marianne Ny said she was withdrawing the EAW because Assange's refusal to come to Sweden meant "all possibilities to advance the investigation have now been exhausted".

After she read out her decision, Assange's lawyer Mark Summers asked her to consider the public interest argument, and the court hearing continued.

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