Sweden reopens rape case against Assange

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A Swedish prosecutor announced on Monday that Sweden will reopen a preliminary investigation into rape allegations against WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange.

Sweden’s prosecutors first ordered Assange’s arrest in 2010 after two women accused him of rape and molestation but discontinued the investigation after attempts by the British and Swedish to surrender him to Sweden failed.

Assange spent seven years living at Ecuador’s embassy in London before Ecuador withdrew his asylum last month. Assange was sentenced to 50 weeks in prison in the UK for skipping bail in order to not be extradited to Sweden.

The Swedish Prosecution Authority said in 2017 that the investigation would resume if Assange made himself available.

After the news broke that Assange was in prison, the counsel for the rape victims requested that the Swedish investigation continue.

Sweden had filed an international arrest warrant to detain Assange, and the British courts decided to surrender Assange to Sweden in 2011. The WikiLeaks founder could  now face extradition.

Via Sky News

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