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Julian Assange: Sweden Files Request for Arrest Over Rape Allegation
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=33791"><span class="small">teleSUR</span></a>   
Monday, 20 May 2019 08:39

Excerpt: "Swedish prosecutors have filed a request with their district courts Monday to detain Wikileaks founder Julian Assange as part of their ongoing investigation into sexual assault allegations."

Julian Assange. (photo: Jack Taylor/Getty Images)
Julian Assange. (photo: Jack Taylor/Getty Images)


Julian Assange: Sweden Files Request for Arrest Over Rape Allegation

By teleSUR

20 May 19


“I request the District Court to detain Assange in his absence, on probable cause suspected for rape (less serious crime). If the court decides to detain him, I will issue a European Arrest Warrant concerning surrender to Sweden."

wedish prosecutors have filed a request with their district courts Monday to detain Wikileaks founder Julian Assange as part of their ongoing investigation into sexual assault allegations.

In an announcement this morning, the deputy director of public prosecutions in Sweden said: “I request the District Court to detain Assange in his absence, on probable cause suspected for rape (less serious crime). If the court decides to detain him, I will issue a European Arrest Warrant concerning surrender to Sweden."

Assange was evicted from the Ecuadorean Embassy in April and then arrested by the British authorities. The Wikileaks founder was later sentenced to 50 weeks in prison. 

On Sunday, the newspaper El Pais reported that Ecuador would provide the US with Assange's mobile phones, computers, memory cards, and other data storage devices following a search in the room where he used to live for almost seven years.

The office of Ecuador's attorney general informed Assange's lawyer Carlos Poveda about this decision.

In turn, the coordinator of his defence in court, Baltasar Garson, said that the decision of the Ecuadorian party completely violates the institution of asylum.

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+2 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-05-20 10:27
It would seem that Sweden is doing this on behalf of the US. The statute of limitation on the Swedish charges has expired so this is pretty much a fake charge but one that a prosecutor could make if he chose to.

I also now suspect that the US extradition case is not going well in the UK. Assange does have some powerful supporters still. And the charges the US has filed against Assange depend on Chelsea Manning testifying against him. Manning is in prison now because she won't do that. She won't lie for the US prosecutors.

So Sweden may be the Plan B the US has created in case British extradition fails.

I sure hope things are going badly for the US prosecutors. I hope the UK is waking up and simply does not want to be America's tool.