Victory for Assange: WikiLeaks Founder Won’t Be Detained in Absentia in Sweden

  • A Swedish prosecutor’s request to detain WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in absentia over rape charges has been rejected by a Swedish court.
  • The court said “pre-trial detention for Assange would not be proportionate.”
  • The judge stated that “detaining Assange in absence would have allowed Sweden to issue an arrest warrant on him, but for now the European warrant already issued will have to suffice for the investigators.”
  • Assange asked for Monday’s hearing to be postponed due to poor health, but the court denied the request.
  • Though the rape charges were dropped in the past, the case was reopened last month.
  • Assange was taken into custody by British authorities where he is still being detained after spending more than six years at the Ecuadorian embassy in London.
  • Additionally, Assange is facing more than a dozen indictments in the U.S. under the Espionage Act for his role in accessing and publishing classified documents.

Reference Links

  • RT: Swedish court rejects request to detain Assange in absence over rape allegation READ
  • NPR: Swedish Court Refuses Prosecutors’ Request To Detain Julian Assange READ
  • National Post: Swedish court rejects request to detain Julian Assange in rape case, removing potential obstacle for U.S. extradition READ

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