A cat named 'James' wearing a collar and tie yawns by the window of the Ecuadorian Embassy where WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been holed up for over five years on February 6, 2018. / AFP / Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS
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Judge Emma Arbuthnot rejected a call from Assange's lawyers for the warrant to be revoked because he is no longer wanted for questioning in Sweden over alleged sex crimes.Swedish prosecutors dropped the case last year, saying there was no prospect of bringing Assange to Sweden in the foreseeable future.But Assange was still subject to the British warrant for breaching his bail conditions in 2012 .After the ruling, Assange's lawyer, Mark Summers, tried to persuade the judge to hold a hearing on the bail-jumping case in Assange's absence.Had the judge ruled in Assange's favor, he would have been free to leave the embassy without being arrested on the British warrant.
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