February 13, 2018 12:11 PM
LONDON (AP) - A British judge has upheld an arrest warrant for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has spent more than five years evading the law inside Ecuador's London embassy.
Judge Emma Arbuthnot wasn't persuaded by arguments by Assange's lawyers that it was no longer in the public interest to arrest him for jumping bail in 2012 and seeking shelter in the embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden, where prosecutors were investigating allegations of sexual assault and rape made by two women. He denied the allegations.
Arbuthnot said Tuesday she finds "arrest is a proportionate response" to Assange's actions.
Created: February 13, 2018 12:11 PM
(Copyright 2018 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)