Sweden drops investigation into alleged rape by Julian Assange

By | November 19, 2019

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Sweden dropped a preliminary investigation Tuesday into an alleged rape by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Deputy Chief Prosecutor Eva-Marie Persson made the announcement as she gave an change on the Swedish case, asserting the rape investigation has been discontinued  on myth of “the evidence has weakened seriously due to the the long time frame that has elapsed since the events in inquire.”

Persson acknowledged the alleged sufferer, who accused Assange of raping her in 2010, “submitted a credible and respectable model of events.”

“Her statements had been coherent, wide and detailed,” Persson acknowledged.

Assange, 48, who spent seven years in Ecuador’s embassy in London ahead of he changed into once dragged out in April, is aloof wished in the U.S. to face 18 counts, including conspiring to hack authorities computers and violating an espionage legislation.

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In June, a Swedish court ruled that Assange shouldn’t ever be detained, which manner that whereas a preliminary investigation in Sweden is just not abandoned, he wouldn’t be extradited and will be questioned in Britain.

The alleged rape investigation involving WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been discontinued, a Swedish prosecutor said Tuesday

The alleged rape investigation racy WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been discontinued, a Swedish prosecutor acknowledged Tuesday
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Two months earlier, Assange changed into once evicted from the Ecuador Embassy in London where he had been holed up since 2012. He changed into once straight arrested and is currently serving a 50-week sentence in Britain for jumping bail in 2012.

Assange is additionally preventing extradition to the US, which accuses him of publishing secret paperwork. Last month, Assange misplaced a show in a U.K. court to delay proceedings as he fights extradition on espionage charges.

In response to the Swedish announcement, Kristinn Hrafnsson, WikiLeaks editor-in-chief, acknowledged: “Allow us to now focal level on the threat Mr. Assange has been warning about for years: the belligerent prosecution of the US and the threat it poses to the First Amendment.”

The final hearing to determine his extradition is aloof residing for a 5-day length in late February, with transient meantime hearings in November and December.

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U.S. authorities accuse Assange of scheming with feeble Military intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to crack a password that equipped entry to classified subject matter on a authorities laptop.

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Assange’s criminal knowledgeable, Tag Summers, informed a take final month that more time changed into once needed to put collectively his client’s protection on myth of the case has many facets — including the very uncommon use of espionage charges in opposition to a journalist, as Assange defines himself — and requires a “tremendous” quantity of planning and preparation.

“Our case will be that right here’s a political strive and signal to journalists the effects of publishing data,” he acknowledged. “It’s miles legally phenomenal.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.