06:02 GMT24 July 2021
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    The Swedish Court of Appeal refused WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's request to have the detention order set aside, according to official statement.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Swedish Court of Appeal said Friday it was upholding the detention order for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, accused of sexual assault in the country.

    "Today the Svea Court of Appeal issued its decision in the case concerning the detention of Julian Assange. The Court of Appeal refuses his request to have the detention order set aside. This means that Julian Assange is still detained in absentia," the court said in the statement.

    The court also refused Assange’s request for a hearing.

    “His stay [in the Ecuadorian embassy in London] is not a deprivation of liberty and shall not be given any importance in its own right in the assessment of proportionality,” the court said.

    Assange has been residing at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London since 2012 for fear of being extradited to Sweden where he has been accused of rape.

    He denies the allegations, claiming they are a ruse organized by Washington to hand him over to the United States where he is wanted for leaking thousands of top-secret military documents.

    In February, the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) ruled that Assange's de facto incarceration was arbitrary. The whistleblower lodged an appeal with a Swedish court on August 9, calling on the country to comply with the UN ruling.


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