Sweden drops rape investigation into Wikileaks' Assange

Sweden drops rape investigation into Wikileaks' Assange

Assange has indicated concerns that he may face indictment in the United States for his role at the helm of the WikiLeaks.

"Julian Assange has been a victim of a huge abuse of procedure".

Samuelsson also said that the decision meant Assange "is free to leave the embassy whenever he wants", though he later told the TT news agency that he did not know when Assange might leave. We have won the Assange case. Another allegation of sexual assault made by a second Swedish woman was dropped by Swedish authorities in 2015 after the statute of limitations expired. Swedish authorities never formally charged Assange for the alleged crimes.

Swedish judges have refused to take into account the opinion of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, which in February 2016 said Assange was effectively "arbitrarily detained" by Sweden and Britain and called for the arrest warrant to be annulled.

Possible US charges aside, Assange is still subject to an arrest warrant in the United Kingdom after he failed to surrender to Westminster Magistrates' Court in June 2012, London's Metropolitan Police Service said Friday. Since then he has remained there, under the protection of the Republic of Ecuador.

Assange is wanted by British police for extradition to Sweden.

The sun-starved WikiLeaks provocateur, looking healthy if pale, emerged Friday afternoon to address the media in the open air of the embassy's balcony.

"All prospects of pursuing the investigation are now exhausted", she said.

He nonetheless called Sweden's decision to drop the rape investigation "an important victory for me and for the United Nations human rights system". "Julian Assange's case is now at the stage of 'preliminary investigation'". She also confirmed that Sweden had withdrawn its request for a European arrest warrant against him. In May 2012, the Supreme Court found that Marianne Ny indeed had the "judicial authority" to issue and enact upon a warrant issued in Sweden.

Yes. The Crown Prosecution Service said that the European Arrest Warrant was discharged on Friday at Westminster Magistrates' Court after the Swedish investigation was dropped. According to Swedish law, a suspect must be interviewed first before formal charges can be brought. He has spent almost five years inside the Embassy of Ecuador in London to avoid being sent to Sweden, which announced Friday, May 19, 2017 that the investigation has been discontinued.

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He said he believed Assange would try to move to Ecuador.

Dropping the investigation is not a result of deciding he is not guilty, Ny added - it's because there's no practical way to continue it.

Police in London said they would still be obliged to arrest him if he left. However, a police spokesperson added that the charges would now likely drop in severity.

August 13 - Swedish prosecutors drop investigations into the allegations of sexual assault against Assange because they had run out of time to bring charges but continue with investigations over the rape allegation. "The MPS will provide a level of resourcing which is proportionate to that offence".

Samuelsson was not immediately available for further comment.

After the news was announced on Friday, Wikileaks tweeted that the "focus now moves to the UK".

"We are going to step up our effort and already are stepping up our efforts on all leaks", Sessions said at a press conference last month.

He said recent comments by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and President Donald Trump in favour of arresting the Australian reaffirm Ecuador's belief that the rape charges against him were politically motivated and that Assange still faces a serious risk of prosecution.

In February past year, the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention said Assange was in effect being arbitrarily detained against worldwide law.

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