Assange May Be Extradited To Sweden Case After London Jail Time

Assange May Be Extradited To Sweden Case After London Jail Time

Swedish Vice Chief Prosecutor Eva-Marie Persson said the prosecutor will re-open the preliminary investigation against the WikiLeaks co-founder.

When the controversial figure has completed his time behind bars, British authorities will now have a decision to make: extradite him to the USA for conspiracy charges or to Sweden for a rape case, which Swedish authorities announced Monday they've just officially reopened. The warrant was withdrawn shortly, with prosecutors citing insufficient evidence for the rape allegation. "They also obfuscate critical facts, such as the fact that the United Kingdom and Swedish authorities had actively prevented Assange from responding to the allegations, which is contrary to basic principles of due process".

"His attitude is that he is happy to cooperate with Sweden and that he wants to be interviewed and that he wants to clear his name", Samuelson told Reuters.

According to a report from Spanish newspaper El Pais, the office of Ecuador's Attorney General, Diana Salazar, has informed Assange's lawyer Carlos Poveda that police will be searching the room Assange occupied for nearly seven years.

- December 2010: Assange surrenders to police in London and is detained pending extradition hearing. "If he's extradited to Sweden, he must not be extradited to a third country without the consent of the British authorities".

- May 30, 2012: Supreme Court rejects Assange's appeal.

Officers from Scotland Yard had moved in on Assange on after the government of Ecuador revoked his asylum, saying it had had enough of Assange and what they called his rude, aggressive and unsanitary behaviour inside their embassy in London's upscale Knightsbridge neighbourhood. However, following Assange's arrest in 2019, Sweden once again raised the issue of the unresolved rape case. The investigation was prompted by complaints from two Swedish women who said they were victims of sex crimes by the Australian, who met them in connection with a lecture in Stockholm in August 2010.

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Swedish prosecutors filed preliminary charges - a step short of formal charges - and issued a European arrest warrant against Mr Assange after he visited the country in 2010.

While a case of alleged sexual misconduct was dropped in 2017 when the statute of limitations expired, a rape allegation remains.

The 47-year-old was evicted last month and sentenced to 50 weeks in jail for breaching his bail conditions. The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention also concluded that the prosecutor's inaction had resulted in Sweden and the United Kingdom violating global obligations.

His eviction from the embassy on 11 April came after a souring of relations, with Ecuador's president Lenin Moreno claiming the Australian had tried to use the Knightsbridge site for spying.

WikiLeaks said the re-opening of the investigation into the rape allegation will give Assange a chance to clear his name. It says it will allow Mr Assange to prove his innocence.

Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange, in a prison van, as he leaves Southwark Crown Court in London earlier this month.