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Swedish court rejects Julian Assange's appeal

The Swedish Court of Appeal has upheld the arrest warrant against Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks. A Swedish prosecutor issued the warrant in 2010, but Assange had appealed that the warrant be revoked.

Assange is wanted in Sweden for questioning over allegations of rape and sexual assault. He faces extradition to Sweden if he leaves London's Ecuadorian embassy, where he has sought asylum for more than two years.

The court said that the allegations against Assange are "of a relatively serious nature" in a statement Thursday. The court added that there is "a great risk that he will flee and thereby evade legal proceedings if the detention order is set aside."