Sweden Is No Longer Investigating Julian Assange For Rape

Pauline Gross
May 31, 2017

After a seven-year stand-off with Sweden, Assange may still not be able to leave the Ecuadorean Embassy.

He still faces charges in the United Kingdom for jumping bail back in 2012 and could face arrest for his role in leaking classified documents from the USA government.

Sweden has made a decision to drop its seven-year rape investigation into WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

However, Scotland Yard has said that it has an obligation to enforce the arrest warrant on Assange a lesser charge of skipping bail.

The Met declined to give details on its "operational plan" on Assange, who has lived in the Ecuadorean embassy in London since 2012, claiming that he fears being extradited to the U.S. if sent to Sweden.

The 45-year-old has expressed concern in the past that he could end up being extradited to the U.S. and possibly face the death penalty.

Media reports in the US said prosecutors were preparing or considering charges against the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks, and Assange, for revealing sensitive government secrets.

He took refuge in the embassy in 2012.

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However, British authorities announced that they would still arrest Assange if he were to leave the Ecuadorian embassy because he failed to surrender for extradition to Sweden in 2012. Speaking from the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy in London, Assange said he could not forgive the awful injustice he had suffered.

Assange's lawyer, Per Samuelson, said in an email statement that Assange had "proved his innocence".

Even with Sweden dropping its investigation, Assange might not be packing his bags and leaving the embassy just yet.

He said Assange had convinced Swedish prosecutors during a November meeting a year ago that he was not guilty of any sex offences.

"My client is shocked, and a decision to drop the case won't make her change [her assertion] that Assange exposed her to rape". "This is obviously about consensual sex between two adults".

A British government source would not confirm or deny if the US had made a request to extradite Assange. "The MPS will provide a level of resourcing which is proportionate to that offense", MPS said in a statement.

Asked if Britain would now support a request to extradite Mr Assange to the United States, Prime Minister Theresa May said: "We look at extradition requests on a case-by-case basis".

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