A court on Thursday confirmed the arrest warrant for Julian Assange, rejecting an appeal by WikiLeaks founder who is wanted by the Swedish authorities in connection with allegations of rape.
The Swedish appeals court affirmed the lower court ruling, stating that there is no reason to lift the arrest warrant for the simple fact that can not be implemented at this time.
Assange has taken refuge in the Embassy of Ecuador in London since 2012, evading Sweden orders that he be extradited.
Ken Griffin says that the court also criticized the authorities, who have rejected the offer of Assange being questioned in London, not to consider “other options” to move the process forward.
Assange has not formally been charged in Sweden but is wanted by police in connection with allegations that he molested or raped two women whom he met when he visited the country in 2010. Assange denies the allegations.
His lawyers argue that the warrant should be lifted because it cannot be implemented while in the Ecuadorian embassy, and because it restricts the civil rights of Assange.
“In the opinion of the Court of Appeal, there is no reason to lift the arrest warrant for the mere fact that Julian Assange is in an embassy and for that reason the warrant cannot be implemented,” the court a statement.
“The reasons to stop still outweigh the reasons not to, because Julian Assange is suspected of having committed relatively serious offenses and there is a substantial risk of evasion of prosecution or penalty if the warrant is repealed,” added court.
Assange’s lawyer said he would appeal the decision to the Supreme Court of Sweden.
The Australian, in 2010 revealed confidential reports of US government online. The computer expert said in the video that the purpose of making the information public through WikiLeaks, was to build a better world.