Swedish prosecutors reopening investigation into rape allegation against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

Clay Curtis
May 13, 2019

Swedish prosecutors are set they are going to reopen an investigation into rape allegations made against Julian Assange.

The Swedish investigation has been reopened it at the request of the alleged victim.

The Australian secret-spiller took refuge at the Ecuadorian Embassy in June 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden.

But the 47-year-old was evicted last month and sentenced to 50 weeks in jail for breaching his bail conditions.

"There is still probable cause to suspect that Mr Assange committed rape", the deputy director of public prosecutions, Eva-Marie Persson, told reporters.

In 2012 he was granted asylum by Ecuador and moved into the country's London embassy. Swedish authorities then sought to drop the arrest warrant as early as 2013, Hrafnsson claimed, adding that it was the British government that insisted that the case continue.

Ecuador will also provide Washington with Assange's mobile phones, computers, memory cards and other data storage devices following a search in the room where he used to reside, Spanish media reported on Sunday, citing an official notice for Assange's lawyer.

After nearly seven years holed up in the building he was arrested by British police April 11 after Ecuador revoked his political asylum, accusing him of everything from meddling in the nation's foreign affairs to poor hygiene.

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Assange is now being held in Belmarsh prison.

What is the Swedish investigation about?

The Wikileaks founder was also accused of two counts of sexual assault in Sweden in 2010. Assange has denied wrongdoing, asserting that they were politically motivated and that the sex was consensual.

Persson said today in a statement: "I take the view that there exists the possibility to take the case forward".

How does the extradition process work?

"This decision will be left entirey to the British authorities", said Persson.

Considering Assange's potential objections to extradition, Mr Vamos said that he did not think courts would accept the U.S. case was politically motivated.

Assange's lawyers and supporters fear that he could be charged under the Espionage Act in the United States and face death penalty.

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