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Swedish court upholds detention order against WikiLeaks founder

Published 11/05/2015 | 08:27

Julian Assange remains in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London
Julian Assange remains in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London

Sweden's Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to revoke a detention order over allegations of sexual assault.

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The 43-year-old Australian has been stuck inside Ecuador's London embassy since June 2012 to avoid a British extradition to Sweden, which wants to question him on allegations of sexual assault.

Sweden officials have sought to question him over statements made by two women to police after his 2010 visit to Sweden.

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Mr Assange, who denies the allegations, believes extradition to Sweden would be a way to remove him to the US, where WikiLeaks infuriated officials by publishing secret documents.

The court said in a statement on Monday that the prosecutors' decision to question Assange in London supported the decision to uphold the detention order.

Reuters

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