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Swedish prosecutor drops investigation into Julian Assange for suspected rape

Swedish prosecutor drops investigation into Julian Assange for suspected rape

Swedish prosecutor drops investigation into Julian Assange for suspected rape

Ars previously reported that, even if Swedish authorities dropped demands to question Assange over an allegation of rape, the Metropolitan Police would arrest him the moment he leaves the embassy.

"I can conclude, based on the evidence, that probable cause for this crime still exists", Marianne Ny, the chief prosecutor in Sweden, said at a news conference on Friday - a court-ordered deadline for prosecutors to make a decision about the case.

In 2012, Assange took refuge in Ecuador's embassy.

Police in London also said that they're still bound to arrest Assange if he were to leave the embassy grounds.

Assange's Swedish lawyer Per E. Samuelson declared Friday that "this is a total victory for Julian Assange".

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"Julian Assange has been a victim of a huge abuse of procedure".

November 18 - A Swedish court orders Assange's detention because of an investigation by a Swedish prosecutor into allegations against him of rape, sexual molestation and unlawful coercion. If he were to be extradited to the USA, he could face charges related to WikiLeaks, which posted thousands of classified military documents leaked by Chelsea Manning in 2010.

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Mr Assange thanked the government of Ecuador for granting him political asylum despite "intense pressure", as well as his legal team and others who had stood by him.

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

"The Metropolitan police service is obliged to execute that warrant should he leave the embassy", London police said in a statement, the Guardian reports. "But it by no means erases seven years of detention without charge in prison, under house arrest and nearly five years here in this embassy without sunlight", Assange told reporters.

Assange said the claim the United Kingdom had the right to arrest him for seeking asylum when no charges had been laid against him was "simply untenable". Breaching bail is punishable by up to one year in prison.

While the move halts the proceedings in Sweden, Ny added that the investigation could be reopened should Assange return to the country before the statute of limitations expires in 2020.

A British government source would not confirm or deny if the United States had made a request to extradite Assange until an arrest had been made. He was granted diplomatic asylum in August that year.

Assange told reporters Friday he would be happy to discuss his case with the U.S. Department of Justice.

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