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28 January 2018, 12:21 | Vera Richards
Julian Assange asks UK court to drop 2012 arrest warrant
Julian Assange has complained of depression, a "terribly bad tooth" and a frozen shoulder in his efforts to have an arrest warrant for breaching bail conditions dropped.
That investigation has since ended, but British authorities say that a warrant for Assange's arrest for violating the terms of his bail in the United Kingdom.
Ecuador earlier this month granted citizenship to Assange, who fears that, if he leaves, he will be extradited to the United States over WikiLeaks' publication of leaked secret U.S. military documents and diplomatic cables in 2010.
The hearing involved a plea by Assange's lawyers to cancel a pending arrest warrant against the campaigner. But British police have insisted Assange would still be arrested for breaching bail conditions should he leave the embassy.
For some Assange is seen as a cyber hero who exposed government abuses of power, for others he is a criminal who undermined the security of the West by exposing secrets.
Judge Emma Arbuthnot said evidence presented to the court detailed Assange's health issues included "a awful bad tooth, frozen shoulder and depression".
British police spent millions over several years monitoring the Ecuadorean embassy around the clock in the hope of arresting Assange.
He could face up to a year in prison if convicted.
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