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Friday, 19 May 2017 16:00

Sweden Drops Rape Investigation Against Julian Assange

Written by  Mary Chastain

Other investigations may keep Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy.

Five years ago, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange sought refuge at the Ecuadorean embassy in London after Sweden launched a rape investigation against him.

Today, Swedish officials have dropped the investigation. From The Local Sweden:

In a statement on its website, the Swedish prosecution authority said that the “Director of Public Prosecution, Ms Marianne Ny, has today decided to discontinue the investigation regarding suspected rape (lesser degree) by Julian Assange”.

“With the consideration that all options of moving the investigation forward are now exhausted it appears that – in light of the views expressed by the Supreme Court (Högsta domstolen) on the proportionality of remanding someone in absentia – it is no longer proportional to maintain the decision to remand Julian Assange in his absence and maintain the European arrest warrant,” Ny wrote in her notification to Stockholm District Court.

“I have therefore today lifted the decision to remand Julian Assange in his absence,” she added.

Swedish law demands investigators “to formally serve assange with notice of the suspicions against him.” Ny explained that in order to serve those suspicions, the officials needed “full voluntary participation” from Assange since “Ecuador granted legal assistance” to him.

Read more at LegalInsurrection

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