Wikileaks founder Julian Assange rape investigation ‘will not proceed’

Europe

19 November 2019, 16:30

M.News

Sweden will not proceed with a rape investigation into Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, Euronews reports.

Deputy Director of Public Prosecution, Eva-Marie Persson, confirmed that the authorities would discontinue the case.

They had interviewed a total of seven witnesses, she said, at a news conference on Tuesday.

Assange is currently incarcerated in the UK preparing to fight extradition to the U.S., where he is wanted for violating an espionage law and conspiring to hack government computers.

In April, Assange was removed from the Ecuadorian embassy after seven years and jailed. He faces decades in a U.S. prison if he is convicted.

The rape allegations relate to a case in 2010. Although dropped in 2017, they were re-opened in May 2019.