(AA) – Sweden’s Supreme Court on Monday has rejected WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s appeal to revoke a detention order against him over sexual assault allegations in 2010.
Assange denies accusations of rape and molestation leveled against him, saying the sexual encounters with the two women was consensual.
“There is currently no reason to revoke the arrest warrant,” the Supreme Court said in a statement Monday.
Swedish prosecutors had previously demanded that Assange come to Sweden for questioning about the allegations, but they offered in March to question him in London instead. Assange’s lawyers said last month that their client agreed to be questioned by Swedish prosecutors in London.
The Supreme Court said in a statement on Monday that it “notes that investigators have begun attempts to interrogate Assange in London.”
Assange took refuge inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London on June 19, 2012, in an attempt to avoid extradition to Sweden. Ecuador granted Assange political asylum in 2012, despite pressure from Britain.
Assange feared the Scandinavian country would extradite him to the U.S. for releasing thousands of highly confidential documents on WikiLeaks.