August 2010: Julian Assange visits Sweden and is arrested in his absence on suspicion of rape, sexual assault and unlawful coercion directed at two women he met on various occasions. Assange denies the allegations but refuses to stand for questioning, as he fears that Sweden will extradite him to the United States.
November 2010: Stockholm District Court detains Assange in her absence, on probable grounds for suspected rape, sexual assault and unlawful coercion. Assange appeals against the arrest to Svea Court of Appeal while being internationally wanted.
December 2010: Assange arrested in London by British police. A court decides a few days later to release Assange to the bail. In a speech afterwards he says "it feels good to feel London's fresh air again".
June 2012: The UK's highest court denies Assange's re-trial, thus ruling out the judgments of previous courts - that Assange should be extradited to Sweden, so that police and prosecutors can hear him about the rape charges. A few days later, Assange manages to reach Ecuador's embassy in London, where he applies for political asylum.
Summer 2014: Just over two years after Assange moved to Ecuador's embassy, Assange demands that the Swedish arrest decision against him be revoked. But Stockholm District Court decides that he should remain detained in his absence. Media reports say the Australian is suffering from heart and lung problems and Assange acknowledges that staying at the embassy has been bad for his health.
March-June 2015: Prosecutor Marianne Ny requests to interrogate and DNA-topse Assange in London. This is when several of the crimes he is suspected of are being prescribed in August 2015. Assange gives his consent to be heard in London. A written confirmation is sent to the Prosecutor, but the scheduled hearings are canceled when the necessary permits have not been obtained from Ecuador.
November 2016. Assange can finally be heard at Ecuador's embassy in London. The hearings are held by Ecuadorian prosecutors and then translated into Swedish. Ecuador wants Sweden to guarantee Julian Assange that he will not be extradited if he is brought to trial in Sweden.
May 2017: The Swedish preliminary investigation against Assange is closed and the detention is lifted. British police also announce that Assange will be arrested if he leaves the embassy, as he has breached the bail conditions during the years he has stayed away.
April 2019: Following information that Julian Assange has been arrested in London, the plaintiff's counsel in Sweden has requested that the Swedish preliminary investigation into rape be resumed. The case is being handled at the Prosecutor's Development Center in Gothenburg and Deputy Prosecutor Eva-Marie Persson is leading the work.
May 2019: Swedish Deputy Prosecutor Eva-Marie Persson announces that the preliminary investigation into one of the rapes for which Assange was charged will resume. Assange faces a maximum of four years in prison for the crime.