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The Swedish Prosecutor closes the investigation against Julian Assange for rape

2019-11-19T14:46:38.949Z

The Swedish Prosecutor announced on Tuesday the closing of the preliminary investigation for violation against the founder of the WikiLeaks portal, Julian Assange, for the weakening of



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The Swedish Prosecutor announced on Tuesday the closing of the preliminary investigation for violation against the founder of the WikiLeaks portal, Julian Assange, for the weakening of the evidence and the lack of basis for an accusation.

"The complainant has presented a credible and reliable account, her explanations are clear, long and detailed. But I believe that the evidence has lost strength to such an extent that there is no reason to continue the investigation," the prosecutor told a news conference Superior Eva-Marie Persson.

Continuing the investigation and questioning Assange would not imply a "decisive" change in the probationary situation, which is not enough to raise an accusation, the prosecutor said.

Persson had ordered in May to reopen the case, initiated in 2010 and closed in 2017, after Assange, who now expects the United Kingdom to decide on his extradition to the United States, was forcibly arrested at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, after Quito removed the diplomatic asylum granted in 2012.

The Swedish Justice rejected in June the request to issue a European arrest warrant on the grounds that it would not be provided, since a criminal investigation investigation is sufficient.

The Prosecutor's Office continued, however, with its investigations and questioned seven witnesses, Persson reported in his previous appearance, about a crime he prescribed in August 2020.

Assange was sentenced in May by a British court to 50 weeks in jail for violating conditions of probation in 2012 and faces an extradition trial in the United States in February, where he risks a penalty of up to 175 years on charges such as Espionage and publication of classified documents.

The Swedish Prosecutor issued a European arrest warrant against Assange in November 2010, arrested a month later in London, and from there began a judicial process that culminated in June 2012, when the Supreme Court reaffirmed the extradition to Sweden and the journalist took refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy.

The process in Sweden against Assange, which pleads not guilty and has not been formally charged with anything, has been surrounded by controversy over the strength of the complaints and the reasons of the plaintiffs, media leaks, substitutions of prosecutors and the reopening a case that had been initially reduced to a misdemeanor.

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