The Latest: British judge upholds Assange warrant

A cat, believed to be Wiki Leaks founder Julian Assange's cat, wears a tie as it looks out of a window at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018. Lawyers for Julian Assange are asking a British court to drop an arrest warrant for the WikiLeaks founder as Swedish prosecutors dropped the case last year.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
FILE - This is a Friday, Feb. 5, 2016 file photo of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange holds a U.N. report as he speaks on the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. A British judge is scheduled to rule on Tuesday Feb. 6, 2017 on Julian Assange’s bid to force Britain to drop a warrant for his arrest, a development that would remove a substantial legal hurdle to his leaving the Ecuadorean Embassy in London that has been his refuge for more than five years. Here is a look at the legal issues surrounding the complex case of the WikiLeaks founder. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)

LONDON — The Latest on the U.K. court decision on WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (all times local):

2:20 p.m.

A British judge has upheld a U.K. arrest warrant for the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, leaving his legal position unchanged after more than five years inside the Ecuadorean Embassy in London.

Judge Emma Arbuthnot said the warrant stands, rejecting a call from Assange's lawyers for the warrant to be revoked because he is no longer wanted for questioning in Sweden.

Assange has been holed up in the embassy since he took refuge there in June 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden. Swedish prosecutors were investigating allegations of sexual assault and rape made by two women in 2010.

Swedish prosecutors dropped the case last year, but Assange was still subject to a British arrest warrant for jumping bail in 2012.

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9:20 a.m.

A British judge is scheduled to rule Tuesday on Julian Assange's bid to force Britain to drop a warrant for his arrest, a development that would remove a substantial legal hurdle to his leaving the Ecuadorean Embassy in London that has been his refuge for more than five years.

But even if Assange wins, he might decide to remain in the embassy because of fears over a possible secret U.S. indictment against him.

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