Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Sweden To Drop Rape Investigation Into Julian Assange

Sweden To Drop Rape Investigation Into Julian Assange

While Friday's announcement means Assange is no longer under any investigation in Sweden, there is no guarantee he will be able to walk free.

The decision was made by Sweden's director of public prosecution, who confirmed that she chose to discontinue the investigation against the WikiLeaks co-founder.

Sweden's chief prosecutor Marianne Ny told a news conference in Sweden that the decision to discontinue the preliminary investigation into the rape allegations, which date back to 2010, had been made because "all possibilities to advance the investigation have now been exhausted".

Sweden is dropping its investigation into WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on rape allegations, according to a prosecution statement released Friday.

"As long as we fear that this is a case of political persecution.as long as we fear for Mr. Assange's integrity and human rights, we will continue with our policy of offering him asylum", Long said in a telephone interview.

Just days ago, Ecuador voiced concern over the "serious lack of progress" by Sweden in dealing with Assange, citing a "serious failure" by the prosecution to complete the inquiry into the alleged sexual assault.

"Westminster Magistrates' Court issued a warrant for the arrest of Julian Assange following him failing to surrender to the court on the 29 June 2012", a statement said.

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.

Assange is wanted by Britain for skipping bail when he fled to the Ecuadorian Embassy in 2012.

In documents filed to the Stockholm District Court, Prosecutor Ny said legal obstacles had prevented the case from moving forward.

But it adds that Assange is now wanted for a "much less serious offense" than the original sex crimes claims, and police "will provide a level of resourcing which is proportionate to that offense".

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