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Julian Assange: Sweden drops rape investigation

Published: May 19, 2017
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Source: BBC News

Sweden’s director of public prosecutions has decided to drop the rape investigation into Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.

Marianne Ny filed a request to the Stockholm District Court to revoke his arrest warrant, apparently ending a seven-year stand-off.

Mr Assange, 45, has lived in the Ecuadorean embassy in London since 2012, trying to avoid extradition.  

He feared being extradited to the US if sent to Sweden.

He could face trial in the US over the leaking hundreds of thousands of secret US military and diplomatic documents.

The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) in London said after the news was announced that it remained obliged to arrest Mr Assange on the lesser charge of failing to surrender to a court should he leave the Ecuadoran embassy.

Mr Assange’s Swedish lawyer, Per Samuelson, said the prosecutor’s decision on Friday represented “a total victory” for his client.

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