Swedish courts re-open rape investigation against Julian Assange

Julian Assange will be put to trial again in Sweden for charges of rape levelled against him by two Swedish women who accuse the Wikileaks founder of outraging their modesty back in 2010. Things though are still in the preliminary stages even though the courts there claim to be convinced enough to actually re-start the legal proceedings against Assange.

Assange is currently being held in the UK and Swedish investigators plan to interview him via a video call. Assange has denied the allegations against him even though the whistle blower has another and perhaps equally serious case pending against him, possible extradition to the US.

Assange is wanted in the US for having leaked state secrets. He is also accused of having conspired with an ex-US Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning with the intention of stealing classified military records from Defense Department computers in 2010. The case is slated for hearing on May 30.

Swedish prosecutor meanwhile has stated the UK courts will have the final say if there is a clash between an European Arrest Warrant and the extradition request to the US. The extradition case has come into relevance once the British police managed to remove Assange from Ecuador’s London embassy where he has been staying this while.

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