Sweden reopens Julian Assange rape case

Last Updated: May 13 2019 16:08
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STOCKHOLM- Swedish prosecutors on Monday reopened an investigation into rape allegations made against Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange.

Assange was accused of rape and other sexual offences against two women following a Wikileaks conference in Stockholm in 2010. 

A preliminary investigation into the charges was dropped in 2017 as Assange had taken refuge in the Ecuadorean embassy in London but the victim has now requested to revive the enquiry.

"I have today decided to reopen the investigation," Sweden's deputy director of public prosecutions, Eva-Marie Persson, announced on Monday. "There is still probable cause to suspect that Mr Assange committed rape."

Assange denies the charges saying the sex was consensual. Also the reopening of case raises the question of which extradition request London will agree on. Both the US and Sweden have requested for his extradition.

Assange is wanted by US for his alleged role in the release of classified military and diplomatic material in 2010.