Julian Assange: Sweden reopens rape case

Saul Bowman
Мая 13, 2019

Swedish prosecutors are set they are going to reopen an investigation into rape allegations made against Julian Assange.

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

He fled to the Ecuardoran Embassy in 2012 after Sweden requested his extradition in a case investigating sexual assault allegations. The statute of limitations has already expired in the other woman's case.

Assange has denied all allegations.

Assange's asylum in the Ecuadorean embassy in London prevented him from being surrendered to Swedish prosecutors.

At present, Assange is lodged in London's Belmarsh Prison serving a 50-week sentence for jumping bail in 2012.

That pressure, WikiLeaks says, came from the USA, which has charged Assange with helping former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning crack a password on Department of Defense computers that allowed access to a network of classified documents and communications. Assange accused the Ecuadorian government of attempting to end his asylum past year because of new rules the embassy imposed on him, which required him to pay for medical bills and phone calls, stay away from commenting on political issues online and clean up after his pet cat.

"I am well aware of the fact that an extradition process is ongoing in the United Kingdom and that he could be extradited to the US", Ms Persson said.

Following the announcement, WikiLeaks said the investigation would give Assange a chance to clear his name. Swedish prosecutors say British officials will determine which case takes precedence. The rape investigation was reopened at the request of the alleged victim.

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The investigation was then closed in 2017 only for it to be reopened shortly after Assange's arrest in 2019.

Baltasar Garzón, a former crusading judge from Spain who is now Assange's lawyer, told the paper the move was "an absolute violation of the institution of asylum by Ecuador".

Assange's Swedish lawyer, Per Samuelsson, told The New York Times that Sweden's decision is "not proportionate", saying, "He has been sentenced to 50 weeks".

Authorities in Sweden claim Assange's "circumstances now allow for extradition from Britain to Sweden".

Australian-born Assange faces a charge of conspiracy to commit computer intrusion in the US.

But he said Assange may be able to argue that his likely treatment in the United States prison system would breach his human rights and that could not receive a fair trial due to his notoriety and links to political scandals. She added: "It is my assessment that a new questioning of Assange is required".

It also published a classified United States military video showing a 2007 attack by Apache helicopters in Baghdad that killed a dozen people, including two Reuters news staff.

Mr Assange is accused of rape and sexual harassment of two women in 2010. After he left, Interpol bizarrely issued a Red Notice for Assange, usually reserved for terrorists and risky criminals - raising concerns that this was not just about sexual accusations.

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