Deputy Chief Prosecutor Eva-Marie Persson resumes the preliminary investigation against rape-suspected Julian Assange, she announced on Monday’s press conference. The case will be delayed in August next year.
An arrest warrant must be issued and Sweden will request him extradited.
– I have made the assessment that Julian Assange has been guilty of rape on probable grounds, says Eva-Marie Persson.
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The announcement of resuming the preliminary investigation into rape-suspected Julian Assange attracted much attention on Monday. An important reason for the prosecutor’s decision is that several courts in arrest negotiations previously considered him to be on probable grounds.
The Assange case: It is now happening when Sweden opens the preliminary investigation
Assange is also suspected of preparing for data breach in the US, which should therefore request him extradited no later than June 14th. Prosecutor Persson will seek Assange detained in his office and get a European arrest warrant – in the event of a competitive situation between Sweden and the United States, the British authorities decide on the order of priority.
The Chief Prosecutor wants to hold a new hearing with Julian Assange when he was not notified of suspicion of the crime under the Swedish law law. Eva-Marie Persson wants to investigate the possibility of keeping interrogation via video link in the UK.
– This requires Julian Assange’s approval, says Eva-Marie Persson.
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been suspected of rape in Sweden since August 2010, while previous criminal suspicions of two cases of sexual harassment and a case of unlawful coercion have been delayed. This could be because he stayed away from Ecuador’s London Embassy where he took refuge, sought and received asylum in the summer of 2012.
“The decision to close the previous investigation is not about lack of evidence, but about circumstances that made it impossible to carry it on at the time,” says Persson.
Protesters outside the London court earlier in May.
Protesters outside the London court earlier in May. Photo: Matt Dunham / AP
When Ecuador lifted the asylum last month, he was immediately arrested on April 11 and was already sentenced on May 1 to 50 weeks’ imprisonment for violating the security conditions. At least half of that time he is expected to sit.
It is one of several factors that the Swedish judicial system must relate to, that the most time-consuming scenario would give the prosecutors about four months to complete the preliminary investigation with interrogation of Assange’s interrogation before the crime expires on 20 August 2020.
Julian Assange was born July 3, 1971 in Townsville, Australia.
As a teenager, he becomes known as a hacker under the name Mendax and succeeds with several others to break into the Pentagon and NASA’s computer systems. 35 years old, he founded the Wikileaks platform together with other network activists, intended to publish information leaked from whistleblowers.
• April 2010: Wikileaks publishes a video from an American helicopter attack in which several civilians and two journalists are shot in Iraq – an event that has been silenced by the United States. The disclosure is receiving huge attention. During the year, Wikileaks continues to publish secret-stamped documents, primarily around US operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.
• April 2010: Wikileaks announces that they are planning to establish themselves in Sweden, as the freedom of the press is constitutionally protected here. Julian Assange, who acts as the platform’s spokesperson, also states that there is great support for Wikileaks in Sweden.
• August 2010: A Swedish prosecutor detained Julian Assange in his absence. Assange is investigated, among other things, for rape and for harassment after being notified by two women in Sweden. Assange disputes the arrest and believes that it is a plot against him.
• December 2010: Julian Assange, who left Sweden and is in the UK, surrenders himself to British police. He is arrested, but released to the bail after Wikileaks supporters gathered the sum through a collection. Assange is equipped with a footwear.
• May 2012: Britain decides that Julian Assange will be handed over to Sweden.
• June 2012: Julian Assange barricades at Ecuador’s Embassy in London. The police threaten to arrest him if he leaves the building.
• August 2012: Julian Assange is granted political asylum in Ecuador.
• May 2017: The Swedish preliminary investigation against Assange is closed, and the arrest is lifted.
• December 2017: Assange becomes Ecuadorian citizen.
• March 2018: Ecuador states that they have cut Julian Assange’s internet access, and that he no longer receives visits to the embassy. They state as a reason that Assange’s actions on social media jeopardize the country’s relations with the United Kingdom and the United States.
• April 2019: Assange is arrested on Ecuador’s embassy by British police. Ecuador announces that they have withdrawn his asylum and deprived him of his Ecuadorian citizenship.