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Swedish Court to Julian Assange: You're Not Going Anywhere

•, Kim Zetter

Judge Lena Egelin deliberated for about an hour before releasing her verdict. She said that Assange is still suspected, with probable cause, of sex crimes; therefore the detention order will remain in effect. Assange's Swedish attorney says they will appeal the ruling.

Prosecutors in Sweden obtained the warrant in late 2011 for allegations of rape and sexual molestation made by two women in Sweden during a visit Assange made to that country. He has denied the allegations, stating that his relations with the women were consensual. Assange has not actually been charged with any crime in Sweden but is wanted for questioning in the case. Swedish authorities have insisted on questioning him in Sweden instead of traveling to London to do so.

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