Julian Assange's Swedish lawyers have filed a court
petition to withdraw an arrest warrant for the WikiLeaks
founder who has spent two years at Ecuador's London embassy to
avoid extradition to Sweden.
Assange faces allegations of sexual assault and rape in
Sweden, which he denies. He says he fears Sweden could in
turn extradite him to the United States to be tried for one
of the largest leaks of classified information in U.S.
Thomas Olsson, one of Assange's lawyers, said the arrest
warrant should be repealed because it cannot be enforced
while Assange is in the embassy and the Swedish prosecutor
had not considered the possibility of interrogating him in
"In light of the significant impact this has on Assange's
ability to move freely and to live a normal life, we think
that it is unreasonable to uphold the decision," Olsson told
"As I see it, the arguments for the unreasonableness of the
situation are very strong, so we have very strong hopes that
the court will change the decision."
Ecuador, which has granted Assange political asylum, wants
London to assure him safe passage to Quito. But Britain has
surrounded the Ecuadorean embassy with police officers round
the clock ready to detain him if he leaves it.
The South American country said last week that talks with
Britain over Assange were at an impasse.