Julian Assange loses appeal to have United Kingdom arrest warrant dropped

Julian Assange loses appeal to have United Kingdom arrest warrant dropped

Julian Assange loses appeal to have United Kingdom arrest warrant dropped

JULIAN Assange could leave the Ecuadorian embassy in London for the first time in five years today if the Old Bailey decides to lift his United Kingdom arrest warrant.

The judge will give her decision later today. "[The outcome on Tuesday] is not disappointing, we finally had the court understand the public interest of this case".

Mr Assange wrote: "I can confirm that a package containing an unknown white powdery substance and a threat was addressed to my name".

This afternoon, Mr Assange claimed reports he had lost the appeal were "fake news" and said the hearing was still going on, with three other points yet to be decided.

The Judicial Office tweeted the judgment on Tuesday afternoon.

If he were to leave, he would face arrest by British police for skipping bail to avoid extradition to Sweden to face an allegation of rape, which has been dropped. However, Swedish prosecutors have since dropped those charges.

"Ecuador knows that the way to resolve this issue is for Julian Assange to leave the embassy to face justice", the British government said.

Assange's lawyers had argued before the court that since the Swedish case had been dropped, there was no longer any justification for the warrant against him.

Summers said Assange had several serious health problems including depression, and argued that the five and a half years he has spent inside the embassy were more than adequate punishment for his actions.

"Failing to surrender to bail is like insulting the court's authority" and unlikely to go down well with the court, she said.

"Therefore the warrant stands", Watkins said, calling Assange's situation "extremely simple".

In December, Assange was granted Ecuadorean citizenship after applying for it months earlier.

Ecuador also asked Britain to grant him diplomatic status.

The UK has so far refused to grant him diplomatic status, which would make a USA extradition request more hard to enforce.

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