london - The arrest warrant in England against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange remains in force. He has been in the embassy of Ecuador in London for years and tried to persuade the British judicial authorities to withdraw the arrest warrant against him through a lawsuit. Judge Emma Arbuthnot rejected this request on Tuesday.
'After weighing the pros and cons, I find that arrest is a proportionate reaction, although Assange has limited his own freedom for a number of years,' the judge said in her verdict.
In 2012, Assange broke the promises he had made when he was released on bail and fled the embassy. He had previously been arrested on suspicion of rape and sexual assault in Sweden. Sweden has now dropped the arrest warrant against the WikiLeaks leader, and according to his lawyers, Britain should do the same.
The British Public Prosecution Service states that Assange has violated the terms of his deposit and may therefore be arrested.