Julian Assange loses legal bid to quash UK arrest warrant

British Judge Upholds Wiki Leaks Founder Julian Assange's Arrest Warrant

Julian Assange loses legal bid to quash UK arrest warrant

And it's not hard to see why Assange is suspicious.

For several years, London police maintained round-the-clock surveillance of the Ecuadorian embassy at a cost of at least £11 million ($15.2 million).

It is nearly six years since Julian Assange disguised himself as a motorcycle courier and entered the Ecuadorian embassy in London to seek political asylum.

"We are surprised. The judge went outside what the parties presented in court".

Legal proceedings in Sweden were dropped last May and a European Arrest Warrant was withdrawn.

The judge said other defendants across the country and persons facing extradition visit the court to face the consequences of their choices. Swedish prosecutors have since dropped the case.

They said Assange and his guarantors had forfeited more than 110,000 pounds ($156,000) when he failed to surrender and he had already spent 5-1/2 years in conditions which were "akin to imprisonment".

Over 10 pages, Judge Arbuthnot dissected and dismissed each of the arguments put forward by Mr Assange's lawyers.

Arbuthnot knocked down those arguments, saying that Assange can leave the embassy "whenever he likes". In court, Assange's legal team relied on a technical point, claiming the warrant has "lost its purpose and function" if the underlying criminal proceedings against their client have ceased. During the exchange between the Swedish director of public prosecutions, Marianne Ny, and an unnamed, since retired, CPS lawyer in charge of the case, Ny said that: "There is a demand in Swedish law for coercive measures to be proportionate".

Assange has long suspected that if he left the embassy the UK would extradite him to the US.

Further revealing the deeply politicized nature of Assange's detainment, just last month, after being granted citizenship by the Ecuadorian government, Ecuador applied for diplomatic status for the WikiLeaks founder.

"He is a man who wants to impose his terms on the course of justice".

'He can sit on the balcony, I accept probably observed by the police and his supporters, to take the air.

It is not known whether Assange faces a U.S. indictment because of secrecy rules governing grand jury decisions.

Assange rose to prominence after the whistleblower WikiLeaks published a trove of classified U.S. military documents on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

A judgment on whether to lift a UK arrest warrant against Julian Assange will be made on Tuesday. Mr Assange is fortunately in relatively good physical health.

"Mr. Assange would have had the accusations resolved one way or another".

Assange's lawyers had argued he had good reason to fear rendition - rather than extradition - to the US where some officials were calling for the death penalty.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions told reporters last April that arresting Assange was "a priority".

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