UPDATE 2-Swedish appeal court upholds Assange detention order

jueves 20 de noviembre de 2014 11:35 GYT

(Adds comment from Assange's lawyer and prosecutor)

By Daniel Dickson

STOCKHOLM Nov 20 (Reuters) - A Swedish court rejected on Thursday an appeal by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to revoke a detention order issued over allegations of sexual assault, but called on prosecutors to make more effort to question him.

Assange's Swedish lawyer said the decision would be appealed to the Supreme Court.

The 43-year-old Australian has been stuck inside Ecuador's London embassy since June 2012 to avoid a British extradition to Sweden, which wants to question him on allegations of sexual assault and rape but have insisted he must come to Sweden first.

Assange's lawyers have argued that the arrest warrant should be repealed because it cannot be enforced while Assange is in the embassy, and Swedish prosecutors had not travelled to London to interrogate him.

"There is no reason to set aside the detention solely because Julian Assange is in an embassy and the detention order cannot be enforced at present for that reason," the Svea Court of Appeal said in a statement.

The court also said Swedish prosecutors had not made enough effort to interrogate Assange outside Sweden and said the "failure of the prosecutors to examine alternative avenues is not in line with their obligation".

Per Samuelson, one of Assange's lawyers, told Reuters he read this to mean that the court believed the defence was right, but that it did not dare take the full consequences and lift the detention order.   Continuación...