Julian Assange might go free as Swedish prosecutor drops rape investigation

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The allegations towards Julian Assange relate to a case in 2010. Deputy Director of Public Prosecution, Eva-Marie Persson, has confirmed that the authorities would discontinue the case. Talking at a information convention on Tuesday, she stated: “I need to inform about my choice to discontinue the preliminary investigation.”

Ms Persson stated they’d interviewed a complete of seven witnesses.

The Wikileaks founder, present detained in a British jail, denies the allegations.

The information follows a ruling in June by a Swedish court docket that rejected a request to detain the Wikileaks founder. 

The ruling prevented Swedish prosecutors from making use of for an extradition warrant for Mr Assange to face the rape allegations. 

It’s the second time Swedish prosecutors have dropped the case towards Mr Assange, having already discontinued the case in 2017.

It was later reopened in Could 2019 after Ecuador rescinded its grant of asylum within the earlier month, which allowed British police to arrest him.

Mr Assange first sought refuge on the embassy after being accused of the sexual assault costs. 

He stayed there for practically seven years.

Mr Assange is at present imprisoned in HMP Belmarsh and was as a consequence of be launched on September 22.

However a court docket listening to dominated to maintain him locked up, due to “substantial grounds” for believing he would abscond.

As such, he isn’t at present serving a sentence at current, and his standing is “on remand”.

Mr Assange is at present combating extradition to the US, which accuses him of publishing secret paperwork. 

The Australian nationwide has been wished by the US authorities for practically a decade, and is accused of breaking the Espionage Act.

Then-House Secretary Sajid David signed an order in June permitting Mr Assange to be extradited to the US over the computer-hacking allegations.

The US extradition request consists of 17 costs underneath the 1917 US Espionage Act and one rely underneath the Pc Fraud and Abuse Act.

The costs relate to WikiLeaks’ 2010 publications in regards to the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Guantanamo Bay and US Diplomatic Cables.

The US have reportedly assured Mr Assange he is not going to face the dying penalty if he’s extradited.

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