UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Sweden’s judiciary announced on Monday that it was reopening the investigation into rape against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange before the statute of limitations was passed by 2020.
“I decided today to reopen the investigation,” Deputy Attorney General Eva Marie Pearson told a news conference.
“As Assange is being held in Britain, the conditions for his extradition (to Sweden) have been made under a European arrest warrant,” she said, adding that “it was not possible before 11 April” on his arrest by British police in London where he was a refugee at an embassy Ecuador.
Shortly after the announcement, WikiLeaks said the reopening of the rape investigation in 2010 would give Assange “an opportunity to acquit him.” “Political pressure” has been put on Sweden to reopen Assange’s case, the editor-in-chief Christine Hravensson said in a statement.
Assange, 47, was taken to the Ecuadorian embassy in 2012 to avoid being brought before the British judiciary and handed over to Sweden where he was accused of rape and then closed the case.
The SouthWark court in London earlier this month sentenced Assange to 50 weeks in jail after being found guilty of violating the terms of his provisional release after being taken to the Ecuadorian embassy where he spent seven years.
For his part, the US judiciary accuses Assange of “conspiracy” because of his work with former analyst in military intelligence Shelly Manning for hacking the password of US Department of Defense computers in March 2010.
The United States is therefore demanding his extradition.
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