The London high court judge refused to grant Assange the right to stay in the UK, despite his lawyers arguing it would be “unfair and unlawful”

Assange, a 40-year-old Australian, was arrested in Britain in December on a European arrest warrant over allegations of rape and sexual assault made by two women over a five-day period in Stockholm last August. He denies any wrongdoing.

Since his arrest, the controversial WikiLeaks boss has since been living under strict bail conditions at the luxury home of one of his supporters in Norfolk, England.

In February a lower court ordered the computer expert be extradited to Sweden but Assange appealed the decision and after a two-day hearing in July, a decision on the case was deferred by the High Court until November.

Assange fears he will not receive a fair trial in Sweden.

He claims the sexual misconduct allegations against him are politically motivated after leaked documents from his whistleblowing website, WikiLeaks, angered governments around the world last year.

Assange believes his extradition to Sweden could lay the path for an extradition to the US on charges relating to the website’s publication of thousands of leaked American diplomatic cables.