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Assange arrest warrant appeal refused

The Swedish Court of Appeal has turned down Wikileaks founder Julian Assange's appeal against an international arrest warrant issued on him by a Swedish prosecutor.

He is wanted for questioning in relation to several sex crimes during a visit in Sweden during the summer, including rape. Public prosecutors issued the warrant last week to force Assange to come to Sweden for questioning. However, the court of appeal did lower the degree of suspicion on some of the charges, and wrote off one charge of sexual molestation, according to news agency TT.

Assange denies all the charges, and says they are are politically motivated. He adds that he has offered to be questioned at the Swedish embassy in the UK, but had not received an answer from the Swedish authorities.

Assange's Swedish lawyer, Björn Hurtig will now try to take the appeal to the Supreme Court.

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