A Swedish appeal court has upheld an arrest warrant against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, wanted for questioning over sexual assault claims.
The Court of Appeal refused Mr Assange’s attempt to have a detention order issued in 2010 revoked.
Mr Assange, who denies the allegations, has sought refuge in the Ecuadorean embassy in London to avoid extradition.
If he goes to Sweden, he fears he could be extradited to the US to face charges of leaking government documents.
Wikileaks has published thousands of secret documents, which have caused intense embarrassment for the US and lifted the lid on diplomatic relations.
Two women in Sweden accuse Mr Assange, 43, of sexual assault.
Thursday’s decision at the Svea Court of Appeal in Stockholm ruled on an appeal against a similar decision by a lower court.
Mr Assange’s lawyers argued that the arrest warrant should be repealed because it could not be enforced while he was in the Ecuadorean embassy.