A Swedish court on Thursday ordered the detention of Julian Assange, the founder of whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks, on suspicion of rape and other sexual crimes, allegations he denies.

Assange’s lawyer, Bjorn Hurtig, told journalists after the hearings he expected a European arrest warrant would be issued for Assange, who had sometimes visited Sweden in the past, and that he would probably appeal.

“He maintains his complete innocence,” Hurtig said.

He declined to answer questions as to the whereabouts of Assange, an Australian citizen.

“But sooner or later he has to come to Sweden if this continues,” Hurtig said.

The prosecutor’s office began an investigation into allegations of rape, sexual molestation and unlawful coercion against Assange in September.

“The reason for my request (to the court) is that we need to interrogate him. So far, we have not been able to meet him to carry out the interrogations,” said Marianne Ny, leading the case for the Prosecution Authority.

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