Prosecutors in Sweden have reopened their investigation right into a 2010 rape allegation in opposition to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, a primary step towards in search of his extradition to Sweden. The Swedish case was once closed in 2017 because of Assange’s ongoing asylum within the Ecuadorian embassy in London.
That asylum—which started in 2012—ended final month when Assange was once in any case evicted from the embassy and was once promptly arrested through the British government. A pass judgement on sentenced him to 50 weeks in prison for leaping bail.
“There’s nonetheless possible reason to suspect that Mr. Assange dedicated rape,” Swedish prosecutor Eva-Marie Persson mentioned at a Monday press convention.
Assange stands accused of sexually assaulting two girls in Sweden. The rape investigation was once reopened on the request of the alleged sufferer.
Persson mentioned that point is of the essence within the rape case for the reason that statute of boundaries on some of the alleged attacks runs out in August 2020. The statute of boundaries has already expired within the different lady’s case.
If Sweden officially seeks Assange’s extradition to Sweden, it’ll be as much as British government to make a decision whether or not Sweden’s request will get priority over a US extradition request. American government are in search of to prosecute Assange for making an attempt—unsuccessfully—to lend a hand Chelsea Manning crack the password to a US army pc.
Manning was once recently released from two months in prison after she was once held in contempt for refusing to testify prior to a US grand jury about her interactions with Assange. She has mentioned she won’t testify within the case and may just face further prison time because of this.