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Sweden drops Julian Assange rape investigation

19/05/17Government

Sweden’s director of public prosecutions has announced that she is ending a seven-year investigation regarding rape (lesser degree) into WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Marianne Ny has filed a request to the Stockholm District Court to revoke the arrest warrant for Assange, and said that there were no more possibilities for advancing the investigation while Assange remains in absentia.

Assange has denied the charges against him, and has been living in the Ecuadorean embassy in London since 2012 to avoid extradition for Sweden, in fear of being extradited from Sweden to the US to face trial for leaking hundreds of thousands of US military and diplomatic documents through his WikiLeaks website.

Ny also said that the investigation could be reopened if Assange returns to Sweden before the statute of limitations on the case runs out in 2020.

The UK, meanwhile, has refused to confirm or deny whether it has received a US extradition warrant for Assange. London’s Metropolitan Police Service said that while Swedish authorities have discontinued their investigation, Assange remains wanted for a less serious offence, and that they would prove ‘proportionate’ resources, according to the BBC.