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Sweden: Swedish prosecutor reopens sexual assault case against Assange

Sweden, Stockholm
May 13, 2019 at 10:13 GMT +00:00 · Published

Sweden's state prosecutor Eva-Marie Persson announced that she will reopen a preliminary investigation into a sexual assault allegation against Julian Assange in Stockholm, on Monday.

"I have today taken the decision to reopen the preliminary investigation," announced Persson.

Given Assange’s arrest and imprisonment in the UK, the circumstances allowed “for an extradition to Sweden on the basis of European arrest warrant,” Person added.

Prosecutors dropped the investigation in 2017, because they were unable to proceed while Assange remained living in the Ecuadorean embassy in London. The WikiLeaks founder also faced an investigation for a second sex-related allegation, which was dropped in 2015 because the statute of limitations had passed. He has since denied both allegations.

On April 11, a lawyer for one of the women involved asked for the investigation to be resumed.

After spending seven years in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, Assange is in prison in Britain following his arrest in April. He was sentenced to 50 weeks in prison for bail violation.

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Sweden's state prosecutor Eva-Marie Persson announced that she will reopen a preliminary investigation into a sexual assault allegation against Julian Assange in Stockholm, on Monday.

"I have today taken the decision to reopen the preliminary investigation," announced Persson.

Given Assange’s arrest and imprisonment in the UK, the circumstances allowed “for an extradition to Sweden on the basis of European arrest warrant,” Person added.

Prosecutors dropped the investigation in 2017, because they were unable to proceed while Assange remained living in the Ecuadorean embassy in London. The WikiLeaks founder also faced an investigation for a second sex-related allegation, which was dropped in 2015 because the statute of limitations had passed. He has since denied both allegations.

On April 11, a lawyer for one of the women involved asked for the investigation to be resumed.

After spending seven years in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, Assange is in prison in Britain following his arrest in April. He was sentenced to 50 weeks in prison for bail violation.

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