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U.K.'s Top Court Rejects Assange Appeal


WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange arrives for a London court hearing in February.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange arrives for a London court hearing in February.

Britain's top court says it has rejected an application by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to reopen his appeal against extradition to Sweden over alleged sex crimes.

The decision ends Assange's last legal recourse in British courts.

The Supreme Court two weeks ago rejected Assange's argument that a European arrest warrant for extradition was invalid.

His lawyers then argued that some of the judges had not explained wholly how they reached their decision.

Assange, who denies any wrongdoing in Sweden, could still take his case to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), a move which could hold up the extradition.

Swedish prosecutors want to question Assange over allegations of rape and sexual assault made by two women.

He has been fighting a legal battle against extradition since his arrest in Britain in December 2010.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AFP
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