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Julian Assange appeals European arrest warrant


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Stockholme: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has appealed a Stockholm district court’s decision to maintain a European arrest warrant against him over a 2010 rape allegation, his lawyer said on Wednesday.

“We have appealed the decision to keep him remanded in custody in absentia,” Tomas Olsson told AFP. The paperwork was submitted to the Svea Court of Appeal on Tuesday.

Swedish prosecutors issued the arrest warrant because they want to question Assange about the rape allegation, which he denies. The 45-year-old Australian sought refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in London in June 2012 after exhausting all his legal options in Britain against extradition to Sweden.

Assange’s lawyer urged Sweden to respect a non-binding legal opinion by the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, which on February 5 ruled that his confinement in the Ecuadorian embassy amounted to arbitrary detention by Sweden and Britain.