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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has lost his legal battle to overturn a British arrest warrant against him, after being held up for more than five years in the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

Judge Emma Arbuthnot rejected Assange’s lawyers’ argument, in her ruling at Westminster Magistrates Court on Tuesday, that upholding the warrant was no longer in the public interest.

“I find arrest is a proportionate response even though Assange has restricted his own freedom for a number of years,” said Arbuthnot.

“He appears to consider himself above the normal rules of law and wants justice only if it goes in his favor,” she added.

The ruling means Assange remains in a legal and diplomatic impasse, with no way out of the embassy where he has been residing in since June 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden after Swedish prosecutors issued a European arrest warrant against him.

The judge rejected claims that Assange was suffering from his…

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