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Assange seeks to have warrant overturned

Julian Assange  in the Ecuadorean embassy in 2014. Photo David G Silvers/Cancillería del Ecuador

Julian Assange in the Ecuadorean embassy in 2014. Photo David G Silvers/Cancillería del Ecuador

Lawyers for Julian Assange have asked a Swedish court to overturn an arrest warrant for the WikiLeaks founder.

The move follows a ruling by a United Nations panel that the Australian’s confinement in the Ecuadorian embassy in London amounted to “arbitrary detention”.

His lawyer, Thomas Olsson, said a number of “new circumstances” had arisen that meant there was reason to review an earlier decision.

Stockholm District Court spokeswoman Camilla Murray said the court won’t consider the request – made in a letter by Assange’s two Swedish lawyers – because it was not made in the correct manner, the Associated Press reported.

Assange is wanted for questioning in Sweden over a sex allegation, which he denies, but believes that if he goes to Sweden he will be taken to the United States for questioning over WikiLeaks activities.

The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention said earlier this month that Assange should be free to leave the embassy in London.
Authorities in Britain and Sweden have rejected the finding, saying Assange has detained himself by seeking refuge in the embassy.

Assange has been living in the embassy in central London for more than three years after being granted political asylum by the Ecuador government.


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