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posted by martyb on Tuesday May 14 2019, @11:36AM   Printer-friendly
from the now-you-don't-see-it,-now-you-do? dept.

Swedish prosecutor reopens Assange rape investigation, will seek extradition

Sweden's state prosecutor said on Monday she would reopen an investigation into a rape allegation against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and seek his extradition from Britain.

Prosecutor Eva-Marie Persson told a news conference she would continue and conclude a preliminary investigation that was dropped in 2017 without charges being brought as Assange had taken refuge in the Ecuadorean embassy in London.

[...] The Swedish prosecutor's office said it would shortly request Assange be detained in his absence on probable cause for an allegation of rape and that it would issue a European arrest warrant - the process under which his extradition would be sought.

Please extradite me to Sweden and not the U.S.?

Also at BBC:

Wikileaks said the reopening of the rape case would give Assange "a chance to clear his name". "There has been considerable political pressure on Sweden to reopen their investigation, but there has always been political pressure surrounding this case," its editor-in-chief, Kristinn Hrafnsson, said in a statement.

A lawyer for Assange told Swedish broadcaster SVT that the decision was "embarrassing for Sweden", adding that his client wanted to resolve the case but feared being extradited to the US.

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  • (Score: 4, Interesting) by Entropy on Tuesday May 14 2019, @12:39PM (2 children)

    by Entropy (4228) on Tuesday May 14 2019, @12:39PM (#843384)

    So the alleged victim allowed him to stay at her flat for a week after the "rape". And then threw a party for him before his departure? Allegedly this revolves around a condom ripping, not really the sex.

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  • (Score: 5, Touché) by ledow on Tuesday May 14 2019, @03:06PM (1 child)

    by ledow (5567) on Tuesday May 14 2019, @03:06PM (#843435) Homepage

    Sounds like an open-and-shut case, then. Would be easy for the cheapest of lawyers to resolve, especially in front of the world's press, in an EU-bound court.

    It's almost like it's actually more complex than that, and Assange is deliberately avoiding it, isn't it?

    • (Score: 1, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 14 2019, @05:47PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 14 2019, @05:47PM (#843509)

      Which is more likely? Taking 9 years and two prosecutors and three countries to "open" a case or "shut" a case? I will give you a hint - it is in the title.

      Swedish Prosecutor to Reopen Julian Assange Investigation

      In the words of Andy Dufrense, "How can you be so obtuse?"