Sweden to re-open rape investigation against Assange


On Monday, Sweden's deputy director of public prosecutions, Eva-Marie Persson, will announce her decision on whether to revisit the sexual assault investigation after it was dropped two years ago.

Assange is also fighting a legal battle against extradition to the United States, where he is wanted for his part in the release of a trove of classified military and diplomatic cables.

Acknowledging that the U.S.is now seeking Assange's extradition, Persson added that it will be up to British authorities to determine how to prioritize multiple requests for Assange's extradition and/or arrest. Persson said that Sweden will be requesting Assange's extradition after he serves his 50-week-long sentence in a British prison.

The Department of Justice has until June 12 to build a case for extradition against Assange. The statute of limitations has already expired in the other woman's case.

Documents and possessions left behind by Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy in London will reportedly be handed over to the USA government.

Persson said she would request to interview Assange while he was in British custody, but that this would require the consent of the Australian, who fought unsuccessfully through the British courts to avoid extradition before fleeing to the embassy.

In the wake of his arrest, one of the alleged victim's lawyers, Elisabeth Massi Fritz, tweeted about their efforts to get the Swedish investigation reopened.

Assange's supporters cast him as a dissident facing the wrath of a superpower over one of the largest compromises of classified information in USA history.

"This investigation has been dropped before and its reopening will give Julian a chance to clear his name".

When the controversial figure has completed his time behind bars, British authorities will now have a decision to make: extradite him to the US for conspiracy charges or to Sweden for a rape case, which Swedish authorities announced Monday they've just officially reopened.

After Assange skipped bail in the United Kingdom and went into hiding at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, "the extradition order was impossible to enforce", Persson added. Indeed, the lawyer for the Crown Prosecution Service advised the Swedes in January 2011 not to visit London to interview Assange.

"How that will happen now, I don't know".

"I am well aware of the fact that an extradition process is ongoing in the United Kingdom and that he could be extradited to the US".

The British courts will have to rule on any extradition request and Home Secretary Sajid Javid would decide which one takes precedence once Swedish prosecutors file theirs.

Sweden's deputy director of public prosecutions, Eva-Marie Persson, told a press conference in Stockholm that she had made a decision to reopen an investigation into the alleged rape of a woman in Sweden in 2010. It was reopened as WikiLeaks prepared to publish the Iraq War Logs.

Upon release, he was also hit with charges in the USA related to the publication of classified materials.