Julian Assange detention order remains in place

STOCKHOLM, Sweden - A Swedish judge has ruled that a detention order against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange over alleged sexual assault should remain in place.

Assange has been holed up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London for over two years in a bid to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning over allegations that he raped one woman and sexually molested another.

Assange calls the charges false and politically motivated, but has said he fears that Sweden will transfer him to the United States, where he could face the death penalty for the work of WikiLeaks if he were charged and convicted of a crime.

He was represented at a hearing Wednesday in Stockholm by lawyers Thomas Olsson and Per Samuelsson, who argued that the detention order against him should be revoked.

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