Sexual Assault Investigation into Julian Assange to be Reopened, Swedish Prosecutor Says

Headline Roundup May 13th, 2019

Swedish prosecutor Marie Persson indicated, Monday morning, that probable cause has been established in a rape case against WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange. Britain is faced with a choice of whether to extradite Assange to the Swedish or the Americans after serving his 50-week jail sentence for violating his bail conditions. The investigation into Assange was initially suspended in 2017; extradition was unlikely with his political asylum from Ecuador, where he stayed in an embassy in London.

Sexual Assault Investigation into Julian Assange to be Reopened, Swedish Prosecutor Says

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SWEDEN’S PROSECUTION AUTHORITY reopened an investigation of Julian Assange for rape on Monday and will seek his extradition from Britain, the country’s deputy director of public prosecution, Eva-Marie Persson, told reporters in Stockholm.

The Swedish request will force British authorities to decide whether to send the detained WikiLeaks founder to Sweden or the United States, or neither, at the end of his 50-week jail sentence. He is currently serving for violating bail conditions in 2012, when he took refuge in Ecuador’s London embassy after losing his final appeal against extradition...

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Sweden has reopened an investigation into a rape allegation against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, complicating U.S. efforts to extradite him.

Swedish prosecutor Marie Persson said Monday “a new questioning of Assange is required” and there is “still probable cause to suspect that Assange committed rape.”

The alleged victim requested the reopening of the investigation.

Prosecutors will seek the extradition of Assange after he’s done serving his 50-week jail sentence for breaking his bail conditions after he claimed asylum in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London in 2012 to avoid extradition to...

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STOCKHOLM (AP) — Swedish prosecutors said Monday they are reopening a rape case against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and will seek his extradition from Britain.

The move sets up a legal battle with the United States, where the Australian computer hacker is separately wanted for allegedly hacking into a Pentagon computer. British authorities will have to decide which extradition request takes precedence.

Assange, who sought refuge in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London in 2012 to avoid being sent to Sweden for questioning, was evicted last month after Ecuador revoked his...

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