Swedish prosecutors drop Assange rape investigation

 abc.net.au  5/19/2017 9:22:46 AM 

Updated May 19, 2017 19:26:47

Swedish prosecutors say they will drop a preliminary investigation into an allegation of sexual assault against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, bringing to an end a seven-year legal stand-off.

"Chief Prosecutor Marianne Ny has today decided to discontinue the preliminary investigation regarding suspected rape concerning Julian Assange," a statement read.

Assange, 45, has lived in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London since 2012, after taking refuge there to avoid extradition to Sweden over the allegation of sexual assault, which he denies.

The announcement means Assange is no longer under any investigation in Sweden.

British police said before the announcement that Assange was still wanted in Britain for jumping bail. It is not clear if that may change now that the investigation has been dropped.

More to come.

ABC/Wires

Topics: sexual-offences, law-crime-and-justice, sweden

First posted May 19, 2017 19:22:46

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