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Julian Assange loses bid to have United Kingdom arrest warrant dropped

Julian Assange loses bid to have United Kingdom arrest warrant dropped

Assange is waiting for a British judge to drop the arrest warrant for absconding, which should enable him to walk free from the little room he has been in for over five years.

The Australian has taken refuge inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London for more than five years because he fears extradition to the US.

After the ruling, one of Assange's lawyers, Mark Summers, asked whether it was in the public interest to keep pursuing his client for breach of bail.

British police have insisted that Mr Assange could still be arrested for breaching bail conditions should he leave the embassy.

Arbuthnot said that on February 13 she will rule on a request to have the entire United Kingdom case against Assange dropped.

However, the court announced on Tuesday his application had been rejected.

They said Assange's medical problems included "a awful bad tooth, frozen shoulder and depression".

Assange's lawyers will continue to argue other technical points about the case throughout the morning.

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Assange's defenders call him a freedom fighter who's being persecuted for telling the truth.

He has long feared that if he leaves the embassy he could be sent to the U.S. to face trial over the leaking of hundreds of thousands of secret USA military and diplomatic documents.

He also cited a United Nations report in support of Assange.

Earlier this year Ecuador's foreign minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa said the South American nation was seeking a "third country or a personality" to broker a final settlement with the British government to resolve Mr Assange's future.

If Assange leaves the embassy, he could be arrested, but what would happen after that is unclear.

It is not publicly known whether there is a sealed USA indictment against Assange.

But Arbuthnot said such issues could be considered only if Assange were to be brought to court to explain his failure to surrender to bail.

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