Sweden drops rape investigation into Julian Assange

Sweden drops rape investigation into Julian Assange

November 19, 2019

Julian Assange will no longer be prosecuted for rape, it is emerged.

Prosecutors in Sweden dropped the preliminary investigation due to a lack of evidence.

An additional interview with the 48-year-old "wouldn't significantly change the balance of evidence," the authorities said today.

The probe was reopened in the summer but it was ruled Assange couldn't be extradited to Sweden from the UK.

Assange has always denied the allegation.

Back in June, the UK Home Secretary signed an order allowing Julian Assange to be extradited to the US.

Speaking at the time, Sajid Javid said: "I want to see justice done", in reference to other allegations.

Assange was charged in the United States with receiving and publishing thousands of classified documents linked to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

He still remains in Belmarsh Prison in London awaiting extradition demands from the United States.

Kristinn Hrafnsson, WikiLeaks editor-in-chief, said, "Sweden has dropped its preliminary investigation into Mr Assange for the third time, after reopening it without any new evidence or information.

"Let us now focus on the threat Mr Assange has been warning about for years: the belligerent prosecution of the United States and the threat it poses to the First Amendment."

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