February 6, 2018 / 4:29 PM / a year ago

Judge to rule Feb. 13 on whether UK should drop action against Assange

FILE PHOTO - A sign is pinned to the railings outside the Ecadorian embassy in central London as Wikileaks founder Julian Assange goes to court again to avoid arrest in London, Britain, January 26, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville

LONDON (Reuters) - A British judge said on Tuesday she will rule on Feb. 13 on an attempt by Wikileaks founder Julian Assange to have the UK authorities drop any action against him for breaching bail terms in 2012, on grounds of public interest.

Judge Emma Arbuthnot had earlier rejected a bid by Assange, who is holed up inside the Ecuadorean embassy in London, to have an arrest warrant against him dropped on different grounds.

Reporting by Michael Holden, writing by Estelle Shirbon; editing by Stephen Addison

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