Swedish prosecutors reopen Julian Assange rape investigation

Swedish prosecutors reopen Julian Assange rape investigation

Prosecutors in Sweden have announced that they are reopening the rape investigation into Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange.

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

However, last month he was evicted from the embassy and arrested by British police.

The UK now have to decide whether to extradite Mr Assange to the Scandinavian country or the United States.

Earlier: Swedish officials to decide on whether to reopen Assange rape case

Swedish prosecutors are set to reveal whether they will reopen a rape case against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, a month after he was removed from the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

Eva-Marie Persson, Sweden’s deputy director of public prosecutions, is scheduled to hold a news conference in Stockholm at 10am BST.

If Sweden relaunches the case, that could leave the UK with a decision to make on whether to extradite Assange to the Scandinavian country or the United States.

The WikiLeaks founder had stayed at the Ecuadorian embassy in London for several years (Victoria Jones/PA)
The WikiLeaks founder had stayed at the Ecuadorian embassy in London for several years (Victoria Jones/PA)

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

Seven years later, a case of alleged sexual misconduct was dropped when the statute of limitations expired.

That left a rape allegation, which could not be pursued while Assange was living at the embassy. The statute of limitations in that case expires in August 2020.

- Press Association

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