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Assange to appeal Swedish rape arrest warrant

Julian Assange, the founder of whistleblowing site Wikileaks, is to appeal against a Swedish court order to detain him for questioning on rape allegations.

The court order paves the way for an international arrest warrant for Assange, whose whereabouts are currently unknown.

Assange's Swedish lawyer Björn Hurtig, who on Thursday accused Swedish authorities of breaching the European Convention on Human Rights in its conduct of the case, revealed that he will file an appeal today at Stockholm District Court, according to a report today from news agency Associated Press

Hurtig claims the arrest warrant is illegal, and Assange's offers to meet with prosecutors have been ignored.

Assange is wanted on suspicion of rape, sexual molestation and unlawful coercion after incidents involving two women after he gave a lecture in Stockholm on 14th August.

He has denied all allegations, and claims the accusations are part of a 'smear campaign' orchestrated by the Pentagon.