Swedish prosecutor drops Julian Assange rape investigation

Cheryl Sanders
November 19, 2019

According to the Swedish prosecutor's office, a total of seven witness interviews were conducted as part of this investigation during the summer of 2019.

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Prosecutors in Sweden have dropped an investigation into a rape allegation made against Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange in 2010.

In response to the Swedish announcement, Kristinn Hrafnsson, WikiLeaks editor-in-chief, said: "Let us now focus on the threat Mr. Assange has been warning about for years: the belligerent prosecution of the United States and the threat it poses to the First Amendment".

Deputy Chief Prosecutor Eva-Marie Persson revealed the news in a press conference in Stockholm as she gave an update on the case involving Assange, who is now in jail in Britain.

The Prosecution Authority said that its decision could be appealed.

Assange, who denies the accusation, has avoided extradition to Sweden for seven years after seeking refuge at the Ecuadorean embassy in London in 2012. Speaking at a news conference on Tuesday, she said: "I want to inform about my decision to discontinue the preliminary investigation".

He is now serving a 50-week prison sentence in the United Kingdom for a bail violation after seeking asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy in 2012.

Assange, shown here in a court sketch from an earlier appearance, is also fighting an extradition bid from the US.

Gareth Peirce, representing Assange, told the court her client was unable to adequately prepare for his "very challenging case" as the computer he had been given was not suitable.

District Judge Vanessa Baraitser said she had no jurisdiction over prison conditions.

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