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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: 5, Insightful) by LaminatorX on Tuesday May 14 2019, @02:01PM (3 children)

    by LaminatorX (14) <{laminatorx} {at} {gmail.com}> on Tuesday May 14 2019, @02:01PM (#843410)

    ...that every he-said/she-said date-rape allegation was pursued as vigorously as the one against Jullian Assange.

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  • (Score: 2) by janrinok on Tuesday May 14 2019, @05:21PM

    by janrinok (52) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday May 14 2019, @05:21PM (#843491) Journal

    LaminatorX ! Welcome back buddy - it has been several years. Hope that you are well.

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  • (Score: 2) by martyb on Tuesday May 14 2019, @09:58PM (1 child)

    by martyb (76) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday May 14 2019, @09:58PM (#843617) Journal

    LaminatorX!!!!!!!!!!!! Hope this finds you doing well and that this is but the first sign of a continued visit. Missed you *lots*!

    For those following along and have no idea what's happening, take a look at the parent comment's UID: 14. LamX was (IIRC) our first EditorInChief and was instrumental in getting our Editorial team going, setting up ground rules, arbitrating "discussions" and all the other attendant start-up issues when this site was just getting started, and for a long time after that, too.

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 14 2019, @10:21PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 14 2019, @10:21PM (#843626)

      yeah yeah .. some of us have been AC since this site was a page of text .. hell I think I would have been three digits on the green site ... that said, welcome everyone ... I'm really only reading for the discourse so the more the merrier.