The announcement by Swedish prosecutors that they are reopening an investigation into a rape allegation against Julian Assange, could affect efforts to extradite the WikiLeaks founder to the United States.
After he left the embassy last month after spending seven years inside, it was decided the investigation could be reopened, deputy director of prosecutions Eva-Marie Persson announced this morning. After the Swedish prosecutor refused to question Assange in the Ecuadorian embassy for years, it was only when forced by Swedish courts that she travelled to London to finally question Assange.
Last month, Assange was expelled from the Ecuadoran Embassy in London, where he had claimed refuge for almost seven years, since Sweden initially requested his extradition. "Now that he has left Ecuador's embassy, the conditions in the case have changed and... the conditions are in place once again to pursue the case", Persson said, according to the BBC, adding that a European Arrest Warrant (EAW) would be issued against him.
The Australian secret-spiller took refuge at the Ecuadorian Embassy in June 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden, claiming he feared it would lead to extradition to the U.S.
"This investigation has been dropped before and its reopening will give Julian a chance to clear his name".
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Fritz on Monday said her client was "very grateful and also very hopeful that she'll be able to get a redress".
In 2013, Sweden attempted to drop the extradition warrant, but was prevented from doing so by the English Crown Prosecution Service.
Assange has always insisted that allegations of rape are false and offered in the past to travel to Sweden for questioning on condition that the government could guarantee he would not be extradited to the US.
WikiLeaks editor Kristinn Hrafnsson said reopening the Swedish case would give Assange "a chance to clear his name".
But the United States also wants to extradite Assange over his publishing of leaked military videos showing the killing of civilians in Iraq.
With two countries seeking to extradite Assange, it will be up to British officials to decide which request, if any, to prioritize.
Shortly after that, Assange entered Ecuador's embassy, and remained there for nearly seven years. In 2012 he was granted asylum by Ecuador and moved into the country's London embassy. The BBCreported that "the decision as to which of the two requests take precedence will be made by UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid".