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Sweden not proceeding with Assange rape investigation | - News

Sweden not proceeding with Assange rape investigation | - News

WorldA Swedish prosecutor said Tuesday she’s not proceeding with an investigation into a rape allegation against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange because after reviewing the evidence, witnesses’ memories had faded in the decade-old case. WikiLeaks founder fighting U.S. bid to extradite him to face 18 charges Thomson Reuters · Posted: Nov 19, 2019 8:24 AM ET | Last Updated: November 19Swedish prosecutors are dropping their investigation into a rape allegation against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, seen here as he was taken to a U.K. court last May. (Matt Dunham/The Associated Press)A Swedish prosecutor said Tuesday she’s not proceeding with an investigation into a rape allegation against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange because witnesses’ memories had faded in the decade-old case. Deputy Chief Prosecutor Eva-Marie Persson made the decision after conducting a review. She also said the complainant’s evidence was deemed credible and reliable.”After conducting a comprehensive assessment of what has emerged during the course of the preliminary investigation, I then make the assessment that the evidence is not strong enough to form the basis for filing an indictment,” Persson told a news conference. Assange, a 48-year-old Australian citizen, has repeatedly denied the allegation made in 2010 against him. He’s currently in a British jail pending a hearing in February on extradition to the United States, which wants him in connection with over 18 criminal counts, including conspiring to hack government computers and violating an espionage law. The move by the prosecutor heads off a possible dilemma for the British courts, which could potentially have had to decide between competing extradition requests from the United States and Sweden. However, the prosecutor said the decision to drop the investigation could be appealed. Assange was dragged from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London in April this year after spending almost seven years holed up to avoid extradition on the Swedish allegations. Since then, he has served a British jail sentence for skipping bail.

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