Assange continues to risk arrest should he leave the Ecuadorian embassy after the Westminster Magistrates’ Court upheld Assange’s arrest warrant this month.
The arrest warrant was issued in 2012 as a result of Assange’s failure to surrender to the court. He was required to surrender pursuant to the European Arrest Warrant issued by Sweden relating to sexual assault allegations. These allegations were dropped by Swedish prosecutors last year and the EAW withdrawn. Judge Emma Arbuthnot said Assange needed to face justice for failing to surrender to custody and therefore the warrant should remain.