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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: 2) by radu on Tuesday May 14 2019, @03:08PM (5 children)

    by radu (1919) on Tuesday May 14 2019, @03:08PM (#843438)

    Isn't this kind of old / already played out? Even James Bond (aka Daniel Craig) solved this... Swedish goth / kink / rape / actually global conspiracy... Blah... Trump is funding another moon landing... like the good ol' days with 'Nam and stuff... except this time it's... the 13465 billion trillion $$ spent each year by the US for bombing / spying on / some other part of the planet... for "defending" the never-ever-attacked piece of land on earth nobody actually cares about except they have the big bombs and stuff... and Hollywood (aka "Moving Pictures") and the MAFIIAA and the games of thrones...

    Anything new?

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 14 2019, @03:58PM (4 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 14 2019, @03:58PM (#843450)

    Kim Kardashian is gonna be a lawyer, Alyssa Milano is on a sex strike, Madonna will sing only 2 songs, and bathrooms get new art... []

    • (Score: 3, Interesting) by takyon on Tuesday May 14 2019, @05:02PM (3 children)

      by takyon (881) <reversethis-{gro ... s} {ta} {noykat}> on Tuesday May 14 2019, @05:02PM (#843479) Journal
      [SIG] 10/28/2017: Soylent Upgrade v14 []
      • (Score: 2) by Phoenix666 on Tuesday May 14 2019, @05:27PM (1 child)

        by Phoenix666 (552) on Tuesday May 14 2019, @05:27PM (#843494) Journal

        I miss the days when what people were writing in public toilets was, "All Your Base Are Belong To Us."

        Washington DC delenda est.
        • (Score: 2) by pipedwho on Tuesday May 14 2019, @09:40PM

          by pipedwho (2032) on Tuesday May 14 2019, @09:40PM (#843604)

          Depends on where the toilet is:
          Gay bar:
                Maybe ‘All your balls are belong to my arse.’
          High school:
                ‘Here I sit broken hearted, came to shit but only farted.’
                ‘May the rafters of this shithouse
                  Upon the bastard fall
                  Who with his finger wipes his arse
                  And writes upon the wall’

      • (Score: 2) by c0lo on Tuesday May 14 2019, @08:12PM

        by c0lo (156) on Tuesday May 14 2019, @08:12PM (#843567) Journal

        How about neither?

        Why not both? (grin)