Sweden drops Assange investigation, UK police says he still faces arrest

20 Mai, 2017, 01:37 | Author: Claudine Rigal
  • Sweden drops Julian Assange rape investigation

Assange has lived in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London since 2012, in order to avoid extradition to Sweden over the allegation, which he denies. We have won the Assange case.

Prosecutors have been accused of vacillating, first dropping the preliminary investigation and then re-opening it and of dragging their heels over questioning Assange.

Friday's announcement means Assange is no longer under any investigation in Sweden.

A statement tweeted on Friday complained that the United Kingdom had refused to confirm or deny whether USA authorities had asked for Assange to be extradited - implying that they believe he may not be out of the woods yet.

Meanwhile, Assange's lawyer in Sweden told Swedish Radio, as reported by AP, that the decision by Swedish prosecutors was a total victory for Assange and that he is now free to leave the embassy when he wants.

However a spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police said that despite Sweden's European arrest warrant for the WikiLeaks founder being lifted, he was under a separate warrant for the lesser charge of skipping bail.

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Prosecutors said the preliminary rape and sexual assault probe has been discontinued and an arrest warrant issued for Mr Assange would be revoked, sparking speculation he would be leaving the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.

Last month CIA Director Mike Pompeo called WikiLeaks a "hostile intelligence service", and Sessions, responding to a question about Assange, said the Trump administration was stepping up its efforts against all leaks of sensitive information.

"Julian Assange has been a victim of a huge abuse of procedure".

"Detained for seven years without charge.while my children grew up and my name was slandered", the WikiLeaks founder said.

However, it noted that now the Swedish authorities had dropped their investigation, Assange was "wanted for a much less serious offence" than before and said the force would "provide a level of resourcing which is proportionate to that offence". He has repeatedly reiterated his innocence and said the sex was consensual.

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