WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has lost a legal bid to have an arrest warrant issued in Sweden against him cancelled.
A judge in Stockholm decided to uphold the warrant against him for alleged sexual offences against two women. The decision by Judge Lena Egelin dashes hopes of a breakthrough in the Australian’s case.
He has been living in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London for more than two years as part of his bid to avoid extradition to Sweden.
He believes that if he travels to Sweden, he will be sent on to the United States for questioning over the activities of the whistleblowing organization. His Swedish lawyer said he will appeal against today’s decision.
A court order to cancel the warrant would have been a step towards enabling the 43-year-old Australian to leave the London embassy.
In April it was revealed that guarding the Ecuadorian embassy in London where Julian Assange has claimed asylum had cost taxpayers almost £6million.
Metropolitan Police officers have been standing outside the Knightsbridge building since the WikiLeaks founder took refuge there in June 2012 – a vigil costing £11,000 per day…