Julian Assange: Sweden reopens rape case

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

Fifth, nearly entirely omitted from current media reporting is that the initial Swedish preliminary investigation in 2010 was dropped after the chief prosecutor of Stockholm concluded that "the evidence did not disclose any evidence of rape" and that "no crime at all" had been committed.

- August 13, 2015: Swedish prosecutors drop investigations into some allegations against Assange because of the statute of limitations; investigation into a rape allegation remains active.

Prosecutors believe there is still "probable cause to suspect that Assange committed a rape", Sweden's head prosecutor Eva-Marie Persson said.

"My intention is to submit to the district court today to appoint a public defender".

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange addresses the media holding a printed judgement of the UN's Working Group on Arbitrary Detention on his case from the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy in central London on February 5, 2016.

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

People hold signs during a protest outside Southwark Crown Court where WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will be sentenced, in London, Britain, May 1, 2019.

"In the event of a conflict between a European Arrest Warrant and a request for extradition from the US, UK authorities will decide on the order of priority", a Swedish prosecutor's statement said.

Persson said that in the event of a conflict between Sweden's European arrest warrant and the US' extradition request, it was up to United Kingdom authorities to decide on the order of priority. The outcome of this process is impossible to predict. Since the whistle-blower has now lost his asylum status, she hopes to interview him about the case. Reopening the investigation means that a number of investigative measures will take place.

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Manning was recently released from two months in jail after she was held in contempt for refusing to testify before a U.S. grand jury about her interactions with Assange.

Hrafnsson added that several key details surrounding the investigation were suspicious after a Swedish prosecutor initially found that "no crime at all" had occurred, after which the case was reopened at the behest of the British authorities. "Such an interview, however, requires Julian Assange's consent".

Monday's turn of events comes almost two years after prosecutors in Sweden dropped the initial sex crime charges against Assange after he was accused of sexually assaulting two women during a trip to Sweden in 2010.

WikiLeaks published hundreds of thousands of secret US diplomatic cables that laid bare often critical USA appraisals of world leaders, from Russian President Vladimir Putin to members of the Saudi royal family.

"This case has been mishandled throughout". She added: "It is my assessment that a new questioning of Assange is required".

"Then Sweden wanted to drop its arrest warrant for Assange as early as 2013". It was the British government that insisted that the case against him continue.

"Since the investigation was closed in 2017, we have received reports of the destruction of records and correspondence on behalf of United Kingdom and Swedish authorities, surely an impediment to a thorough investigation".

Swedish prosecutors have been considering resuming the probe and, under Swedish law, they have until next year to do so.

Wikileaks said the reopening of the Swedish investigation would give Assange a chance to clear his name.