losangelesnewstoday.com
losangelesnewstoday.com May 24, 2018


Julian Assange just got bad news, won't be roaming free anytime soon

07 February 2018, 01:17 | Katrina Lee

GETTYWikileaks founder Julian Assange has recently complained of ill health

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange

A United Kingdom warrant to arrest Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is still valid, a British court has ruled.

Lawyers for Assange argued in a London courtroom that the outstanding British warrant, issued after Assange skipped bail, had "lost its goal and function" following Sweden's decision past year to drop an investigation into sexual assault allegations.

Assange has been hiding in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London for the last five years, having claimed asylum to evade extradition to face rape allegations in Sweden.

Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot said legal precedents "underline the importance of a defendant attending court when bail to do so", adding: "I am not persuaded that the warrant should be withdrawn". (AAP) Julian Assange has sought refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy since 2012.

Last year, Sweden dropped its investigation into rape allegations against Assange because it was unable to get access to him.

The whistleblower took his appeal to Westminster Magistrates Court, with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) saying that "hypothetically" Assange would be free to leave the embassy and not face arrest by British police if he was successful.

Three Indian Army Soldiers Killed In Avalanche In IHK
Officials said an avalanche hit the post of Army's Rajputana battalion near Sonpundi post in Machil sector around 4 pm. The officer identified the deceased as Havaldar Kamlesh Kumar, Naik Balbeer and Sepoy Rajinder.

In April 2017, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions said arresting Julian Assange over Wikileak's publishing activities was a "priority".

His supporters hope that a court victory will force the British authorities to disclose whether such a warrant has been issued by the USA authorities.

London police responded to reports of a suspicious package at Ecuador's embassy in the city on Tuesday. That investigation was dropped past year after the prosecutor said leads had been exhausted. She said the Ecuadorean government is seeking a "dignified and just" solution in his case with the British government.

But prosecutor Aaron Watkins earlier called Assange's court bid "absurd".

"In order to proceed with the case, Julian Assange would have to be formally notified of the criminal suspicions against him".



Other News

Trending Now

Warplane shot down in north-west Syria, opposition activists say
Russian Federation has been conducting military operations in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad since September 2015. The UN said more than 270,000 people had been displaced in Idlib since mid-December as a result of the government's offensive.

Is Bashar al-Assad developing new type of sophisticated chemical weapon?
The U.N. says more than 270,000 people have been displaced in Idlib because of the government onslaught since December 15. Mr Burt referred to three specific reports of chlorine attacks by Syrian regime forces in Eastern Ghouta so far in 2018.

DFP thanks Pakistan for observing 'Kashmir Solidarity Day'
Kashmir Solidarity Day is observed in Pakistan on February 5 as a way of showing support for those living in Indian-administered Kashmir.

Ben Te'o preferred to Jonathan Joseph as England face Italy
Youngs was supposed to be celebrating his 56th start for England that took him past Matt Dawson's record at scrum-half. Looked a little out of sorts after time out because of injury.

Grammys 2018: Bruno Mars, Kendrick Lamar Win Big; Jay-Z Shut Out
Lamar follows close behind with seven and both are up for the top honours of record of the year and album of the year. Less expected was a win for Philadelphia band The War On Drugs for "A Deeper Understanding", released in August 2017.

Donald Trump claims America is 'open for business' despite stock market plunge
In an interview previous year with The Associated Press, Trump seemed to recognize the risk of pointing to the markets as a sign of progress.

Federal Bureau of Investigation deputy director Andrew McCabe quits amid Trump criticism
In December, Trump tweeted "FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is racing the clock to retire with full benefits". Trump in December referred to the FBI's reputation as being in "tatters", and has also publicly criticized U.S.

Former Gov. John Engler expected to be named interim MSU president
However, there has been no word from Michigan State and two sources told The News late Tuesday that nothing had been finalized. Last week, the board appointed Bill Beekman as the university's acting president following the resignation of Lou Anna Simon .

School-bus sized 'Holy grail' dinosaur discovered in Sahara desert
Also contributing to the Mansourasaurus research were experts on African paleontology from other institutions in Egypt and the US. The dinosaur belongs to the sauropod group Titanosauria, which were believed to have lived some 80 million years ago.

Brendan Cole admits 'It feels quite raw' after being axed from Strictly
The powers that be have decided that Brendan Cole's time on Strictly Come Dancing is now over. "I've had 15 incredible series". I haven't had one of the ones that had a bit of dance experience that you can really challenge. "I'm a fan of the show".