/Prosecutors reopening investigation into rape allegation against Assange

Prosecutors reopening investigation into rape allegation against Assange

Updated

May 13, 2019 19:33:07

Swedish prosecutors have announced they are reopening an investigation into a rape allegation against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Key points

  • Lawyers for a Swedish woman who alleges Assange raped her in 2010 pushed for the case to be reopened
  • Assange denies the allegations and avoided extradition to Sweden after seeking refuge at the Ecuadorean embassy in London
  • He was arrested inside the embassy last month by UK police

The investigation was requested by lawyers for a Swedish woman who alleges Assange raped her in 2010.

Assange, who denies the allegations, previously avoided extradition to Sweden after seeking refuge at the Ecuadorean embassy in London for seven years.

Sweden’s deputy director of public prosecutions, Eva-Marie Persson, told reporters that “there is still a probable cause to suspect that Assange committed a rape”.

“It is my assessment that a new questioning of Assange is required,” she said.

The 47-year-old is serving 50 weeks in prison in the UK for breaching his bail conditions after he was arrested at the embassy last month.

The United States also wants to extradite Assange from the UK over his alleged role in one of the largest leaks of classified military and diplomatic material in US history.

ABC/AP

Topics:

international-law,

sweden

First posted

May 13, 2019 19:20:49