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British court upholds arrest warrant for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange

Julian Assange, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of WikiLeaks speaks via video link during a press conference on the occasion of the ten year anniversary celebration of WikiLeaks in Berlin

Julian Assange, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of WikiLeaks speaks via video link during a press conference on the occasion of the ten year anniversary celebration of WikiLeaks in Berlin, Germany, October 4, 2016. REUTERS/Axel Schmidt

An arrest warrant for Julian Assange, founder of the website WikiLeaks, has been upheld by a British Westminster Magistrates’ Court, the BBC reported.

The arrest warrant was originally issued back in 2012 after Assange violated bail conditions by seeking political refuge at the Ecuadorean embassy in London.

On Tuesday the arrest warrant was upheld after the judge in the case said Assange should face justice for violating bail conditions.

In response to the court’s ruling, Assange posted a statement regarding the ruling on social media, claiming he was surprised by the court’s decision.

“Statement on ruling: We are surprised. Judge went well outside what the parties presented in court. This seems to have led to many factual errors in the judgment. US DoJ confirmed to Reuters again yesterday that its case is ongoing. There are 3 months to appeal judge’s decision.”

Assange has been staying at the Ecuadorean embassy in London since 2012, his bail was set in relation to sexual assault allegations he was facing in Sweden, however, those allegations were later dropped in May 2017.

According to the arrest warrant, Assange would be immediately taken into custody upon leaving the embassy, essentially Ecuadorean soil.

(Crusader Journal Staff)

 

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