Sweden reopens rape case against Assange on request of alleged victim

Sweden has reopened rape case against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange about a month after he was forcefully thrown out of Ecuadorian Embassy in London and put behind bars in United Kingdom. It is learned the alleged victim requested for justice.

Meanwhile, US is trying to extradite Assange on hacking-related charges but rape charge by Sweden government could complicate the process. He is currently serving a 50-week prison sentence for jumping bail during the period of past seven years.

The whistleblower took shelter in Ecuadorian Embassy since 2012 to avoid arrest and extradition on rape charges.

UK has two choices of extradition whether to favor US or Sweden. Rape charge expires in August 2020 and if Assange is extradited to US the deadline could be missed.

Earlier too the statute of limitations expired when Assange was at the embassy and Sweden had to drop the charge.

Lately actor and model Pamela Anderson described Assange as world’s most innocent man after meeting him at the Belmarsh prison where she was accompanied by WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Kristinn Hrafnsson.

Ecuador wrapped up giving shelter to Assange blaming he used the embassy as a center for spying and violated asylum conditions.

It claims to have spent about $1 million annually giving shelter to him at its embassy in London.

Paul Linus