Sweden reopens rape probe against Julian Assange

Swedish prosecutors filed preliminary charges against Assange after he visited the country in 2010

APSwedish prosecutors filed preliminary charges against Assange after he visited the country in 2010

Assange, who is serving 50 weeks in Belmarsh prison for breaching bail conditions, is also wanted by the USA, and Ms Persson said "UK authorities will decide on the order of priority".

But just like Vijay Mallya and Nirav Modi, he is fighting extradition proceedings at Westminster Magistrates' Court.

Assange, 47, is now in a London jail.

According to media reports, the lady who made the claim presently wants the case revived, and since Assange's capture a month ago, Swedish examiners have been thinking about their options. Ecuador has agreed to pass any documents or data found during the search to U.S. authorities, who are planning to extradite Assange from the United Kingdom on charges related to hacking classified USA government computers. The legal tussle over Assange has in effect become a proxy war over Trump's America.

Sweden's state prosecutor said on Monday (May 13) she would reopen a rape investigation involving WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and that circumstances now existed to seek his extradition from Britain.

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is seen on the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, Britain May 19, 2017. A second sex-related allegation was dropped after the statute of limitations had been passed.

Assange, who denies the charges, has avoided extradition to Sweden for seven years after seeking refuge at the Ecuadorean embassy in London in 2012.

"There is a possibility, or risk depending on how you see it, that this is going to take a long time", he said.

Assange has vowed to fight extradition to the USA, where his legal team says he could never receive a fair trial. The outcome of this process is impossible to predict.

"In my opinion a new interview with the suspect is required..."

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The case stems from 2010 allegations that Assange engaged in nonconsensual sex with two women in Sweden during a stay there in 2010.

"We are not going to give up until a charge is brought and the case goes to court", lawyer Elisabeth Massi Fritz told a news conference. "No rape victim should have to wait nine years to see justice be served".

"Since Julian Assange was arrested on 11 April 2019, there has been considerable political pressure on Sweden to reopen their investigation, but there has always been political pressure surrounding this case", Kristinn Hrafnsson, WikiLeaks' editor-in-chief, said in a statement.

Persson said a European arrest warrant will be issued for Assange. It was the British government that insisted that the case against him continue.

The British extradition process is not swift, and Assange could appeal several times if decisions go against him.

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