Rape investigation into Wikileaks founder has been dropped in Sweden

After almost seven years, Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks is no longer under investigation by Swedish prosecutors for two rape allegations made against him in 2010. Assange has been living in the Ecuadorian embassy in London to avoid extradition since 2012.
Julian Assange Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

Prosecutors in Sweden announced on Friday their intention to drop their preliminary rape investigation into WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, bringing to a close a seven-year legal saga. However, London police announced that if Assange leaves the Ecuadorian embassy where he has been taking refuge for the past five years, he will be immediately arrested.

Assange was accused of sexually assaulting two women while visiting Sweden in 2010, after which a preliminary investigation was initiated while he was in the UK. Sweden signed an agreement with Britain to have Assange extradited to stand trial. However, the 45-year-old sought refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in London and has been living there since 2012, after being granted political asylum.

After Friday’s decision, Assange took to Twitter: 

Although Assange denied the charges against him several times, he refused to go to Sweden to be interrogated. He said there was a real concern that Sweden would extradite him to the United States, where he is wanted since founding WikiLeaks in 2010 which caused great damage to the political and defense establishments in the US.

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