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

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Julian Assange has dismissed the allegations suggesting that a United Kingdom court upheld an arrest warrant against him as "fake news", adding that the hearing was still underway.

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.

Senior district judge Emma Arbuthnot is due to give her ruling on Tuesday, although either side can appeal against the decision.

Assange only very rarely emerges on the balcony of the embassy building, citing concerns for his personal safety, but frequently takes part in media conferences and campaigns via video link.

The British arrest warrant for jumping bail is related to a Swedish sexual assault investigation against Assange, which has since been dropped.

"Therefore the warrant stands", Watkins said, calling Assange's situation "extremely simple".

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But in May 2017, Swedish prosecutors dropped their case against him as it was impossible to serve him notice.

However, a judge at Westminster Magistrates Court said it remains valid because he skipped bail in June 2012 - when he first took refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

She said that whistleblower had committed an offence under the Bail Act by refusing to surrender to bail and must explain why he failed to do so.

If he were to leave Ecuador's embassy, Assange would face arrest by British police.

He has said he feared Sweden would hand him over to the United States to face prosecution over Wikileaks' publication of leaked USA military and diplomatic documents. Assange had stayed at the embassy, fearing that extradition to Sweden could lead to an extradition by the U.S. Last month, Ecuador said it had granted the Australian-born hacker citizenship in a bid to break the logjam.

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

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