The Swedish prosecution authority asked to cancel the arrest warrant for Assange
The Swedish prosecution authority filed a motion to quash a warrant for the arrest of Julian Assange. The investigation about the involvement of Wikileaks founder for rape stopped.
Swedish prosecutors have announced their intention to discontinue the preliminary investigation against the Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. The court directed a motion to quash a warrant for his arrest, reports Reuters.
“The head of the investigation, Marianne Nude today decided to discontinue the preliminary investigation is about suspicion of rape, the defendant is Assange,” reads the official statement of Prosecutor’s office. The decision was supported by chief Prosecutor Ingrid Isgren, reports Dagens Nyheter.
The explanation says that it is not possible to continue the investigation and keep the correspondence arrest of Assange, given that he is not on the territory of Sweden. However, the situation may change if the Australian will come to this country within the next three years.
Assange’s lawyer in Sweden Per Samuelsson called the Prosecutor’s decision “a complete victory”.
“We won this thing,” he said to Swedish radio Ekot.
WikiLeaks lawyer Melinda Taylor stated that before Assange leaves Ecuador’s Embassy, he should obtain assurances from the British authorities that he would not be arrested on some other business.
British police, in turn, issued a statement in which he promised to arrest Assange if he leaves the Ecuadorian Embassy. “The court of London issued a warrant for Assange’s arrest, after he refused to appear in court on 29 June 2012. Now the police have to comply with this order,” — said in a statement.
The founder of WikiLeaks, has responded to the statement of the Swedish Prosecutor’s office by the published photos.
— Julian Assange (@JulianAssange) 19 may 2017.
The decision of the Swedish prosecutors was made a few days after the address of lawyer Samuelsson in the Supreme court of Stockholm. He said that the only reason for the persecution of Assange is the intention of the US authorities to put a whistleblower, reports the tabloid Aftonbladet.
On may 17 at freedom in the United States qualified informant Assange Chelsea manning, sentenced to 35 years.
In September of last year, Twitter WikiLeaks has reported that founder of the website Julian Assange willing to stand trial in the US, if manning (a former soldier of the US army, declared himself in prison a woman) will be pardoned.
In the summer of 2010 in Sweden, the investigation began according to the statement of two women on sex claims Assange during a visit to Stockholm. He was detained in London on 7 December of the same year at the request of the Swedish police, insisting on the extradition of Assange, but after a few days released on bail.
Assange appealed to the Embassy of Ecuador asking for political asylum. He fears that after his arrest in the rape case, the Swedish authorities can extradite him to the US for work on WikiLeaks.
Since 2012 Assange out of the Embassy of Ecuador in London.
In November 2016, he was questioned by the representative of Prosecutor’s office of Ecuador in presence of a Prosecutor of Sweden.
Yet in the Embassy of Ecuador is seen only the famous cat. | Source: AP 2017