Yes, Assange, we'll still nick you for skipping bail, rules court | 2/13/2018 | Staff
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Infamous cupboard-dwelling WikiLeaker Julian Assange has failed yet again to get his arrest warrant for jumping bail quashed by an English judge.

Only last week Assange was told by District Judge Emma Arbuthnot, the Chief Magistrate of England and Wales, that the warrant was very much still valid.

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Naturally, Assange did not attend either last week's hearing or today's, thanks to his self-imposed exile inside Ecuador's London embassy.

His barrister, Mark Summers QC, then argued that the arrest warrant was not in the public interest and therefore ought to be scrapped, with judgement being reserved until today for the district judge to sit and ponder Assange's five arguments.

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"I accept that Mr Assange had expressed fears of being returned to the United States from a very early stage in the Swedish extradition proceedings but, absent any evidence from Mr Assange on oath, I do not find that Mr Assange's fears were reasonable," ruled the judge, on his first point that failing to comply with the legal process was reasonable. "Rather than rendering Mr Assange to the United States, if the US had initiated a request to extradite Mr Assange from Sweden, Sweden would have contacted this court and the judiciary here would have had to consider the request."

Though it was not explicitly stated in the judgment, Assange could try doing a Lauri Love and invoke English law's forum bar to stop his extradition from London to the US, though his main fear is some extralegal process that would see him flown to America without any judicial process in this country.

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The impression I have, and this may well be dispelled if and when Mr Assange finally appears in court, is that he is a man who wants to impose his terms on the course of justice, whether the course of justice is in this jurisdiction...
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