Swedish Court rejects the request to detain WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in a sexual assault investigation

As reported by media, the Swedish Court has denied a request to detain him.

The Uppsala Court has stated that Julian Assange should not be extradited to Sweden for the purpose of investigation in the sexual assault case of 2010. But he can be questioned for the same while he is in Britain.

The investigation dates back in 2010, when Assange was accused of sexual molestation, coercion and rape. At the time, Assange denied the accusations but refused to be questioned in Sweden, fearing that Sweden would then extradite him to the US to face conspiracy charges.
Assange fled to Britain soon after and was granted political asylum by the Embassy of Ecuador, where he had lived until April 2019.
The misconduct and coercion cases were dropped in 2015 when the statute of limitations expired. The investigation into the alleged rape does not expire until August 2020, but was closed in 2017 after an assessment that Assange could not be extradited to Sweden for the foreseeable future.
In April 2019, Assange lost diplomatic immunity and was arrested by UK authorities, making it possible for Sweden to resume the investigation.
He was sentenced to 50 weeks in UK jail on May 1 for breaching his bail by entering the Ecuadorian embassy in London seven years ago.
The UK is also currently pursuing an extradition request made by the US, in relation to Wikileak’s release of a number of military and diplomatic documents.”


[Source: CNN]

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