Julian Assange: Sweden drops rape investigation

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+Frank B.    7,104
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Julian Assange: Sweden drops rape investigation

 

Sweden's director of public prosecutions has decided to drop the rape investigation into Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.


Marianne Ny filed a request to the Stockholm District Court to revoke his arrest warrant, apparently ending a seven-year stand-off.


Mr Assange, 45, has lived in the Ecuadoran embassy in London since 2012, trying to avoid extradition.


He feared being extradited to the US if sent to Sweden.


He could face trial in the US over the leaking hundreds of thousands of secret US military and diplomatic documents.


A brief statement ahead of a press conference by the prosecutor later on Friday said: "Director of Public Prosecution, Ms Marianne Ny, has today decided to discontinue the investigation regarding suspected rape (lesser degree) by Julian Assange."

Source: BBC News

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Nefarious Trigger    6,774

Was a reason given why?

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+FloatingFatMan    13,135
35 minutes ago, Nefarious Trigger said:

Was a reason given why?

Maybe the Americans decided it'd be easier to just grab him from his bed one night once he's left the embassy, than waiting for the Swede's to get hold of him for them...

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Nick H.    7,968
40 minutes ago, Nefarious Trigger said:

Was a reason given why?

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The prosecutor and her deputy, Ingrid Isgren, would say more about their reasons at a press conference later on Friday, the statement said.

Source. (EDIT: I should have probably been clearer. For the moment they haven't said why, but they will provide their reason(s) later on today.)

 

It doesn't matter for the moment, though. British police have still said that they will arrest him and extradite him to the US if they catch him. It's just one less thing for him to worry about.

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Nick H.    7,968

 

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Nefarious Trigger    6,774

And he is banging Pamela Anderson... 

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MikeChipshop    3,284
25 minutes ago, Nefarious Trigger said:

And he is banging Pamela Anderson... 

My gosh! How would even know if you were in?

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Nefarious Trigger    6,774
9 minutes ago, MikeChipshop said:

My gosh! How would even know if you were in?

Well if he leaves he get's arrested, so I would assume he has measures in place to make sure he doesn't step outsi...

 

Oh, I see what you mean ;)

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MightyJordan    4,829
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5 hours ago, Nefarious Trigger said:

Was a reason given why?

Basically, they've done all they can for now, so they gave up.

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The decision was taken after prosecutors concluded that “at this point, all possibilities to conduct the investigation are exhausted”, Sweden’s director of public prosecutions, Marianne Ny, said on Friday.

 

“In order to proceed with the case, Julian Assange would have to be formally notified of the criminal suspicions against him. We cannot expect to receive assistance from Ecuador regarding this. Therefore the investigation is discontinued.

 

“If he, at a later date, makes himself available, I will be able to decide to resume the investigation immediately.”

https://www.theguardian.com/media/2017/may/19/swedish-prosecutors-drop-julian-assange-investigation

 

He's obviously not out of the woods just yet; the Met said they'll still arrest him for breaching his bail conditions if he steps out of the embassy, so the standoff continues.

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+FloatingFatMan    13,135
6 hours ago, Nick H. said:

British police have still said that they will arrest him and extradite him to the US if they catch him. It's just one less thing for him to worry about.

Not quite right. He still faces arrest for failure to surrender to the previous warrant, but as far as anyone knows, no extradition request from the US has been received. 

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Nick H.    7,968
1 hour ago, FloatingFatMan said:

Not quite right. He still faces arrest for failure to surrender to the previous warrant, but as far as anyone knows, no extradition request from the US has been received. 

Thanks for the clarification. (Y)

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