Swedish court rules against seeking detention of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in suspected rape case

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange should not be extradited to Sweden for a revived rape investigation, but should still be questioned in the case while he is imprisoned in Britain, a Swedish court ruled Monday

The Associated Press June 03, 2019 21:59:30 IST
Swedish court rules against seeking detention of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in suspected rape case
  • The Uppsala District Court of Sweden ruled that suspected rape accused Julian Assange won't be extradited to Sweden for now

  • 47-year-old Assange was arrested in London on 11 April after he was evicted from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he had been holed up since 2012

  • Assange is also fighting extradition to the US, which accuses him of violating the Espionage Act by publishing secret documents hacked from the Pentagon

Copenhagen: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange should not be extradited to Sweden for a revived rape investigation, but should still be questioned in the case while he is imprisoned in Britain, a Swedish court ruled Monday.

Swedish court rules against seeking detention of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in suspected rape case

File image of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. AP

The ruling by the Uppsala District Court doesn't mean the preliminary rape investigation must be abandoned, only that Assange won't be extradited to Sweden for now. Eva-Marie Persson, Sweden's deputy director of public prosecutions, said she has not decided whether to appeal.

"I will also issue a European Investigation Order in order to interview Julian Assange," Persson said, adding that she hasn't picked a possible date for the questioning in England.

Assange's lawyer in Sweden, Per E Samuelsson, said his client would "be happy, we are happy" to learn he won't be extradited to Sweden.

The 47-year-old Assange was evicted on 11 April from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he had been holed up with political asylum since 2012. He was immediately arrested by British police and is currently serving a 50-week sentence for jumping bail in 2012.

He is also fighting extradition to the United States, which accuses him of violating the Espionage Act by publishing secret documents hacked from the Pentagon containing the names of confidential military and diplomatic sources.

Last week, Assange missed a court session in Britain, reportedly due to health problems.

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