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Swedish prosecutor drops case against Julian Assange

Direkt från överåklagare Marianne Ny och chefsåklagare Ingrid Isgren som håller pressträff.

Swedish prosecutor Marianne Ny has decided to discontinue the investigation into Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who had been accused of sex crimes in Sweden.

Assange's lawyer Per E Samuelsson told Swedish Radio's Ekot: ”We have won the case. The investigation has been dropped.”

The British police say Assange will be arrested if he leaves the Ecuadorian Embassy.

Director of prosecution Marianne Ny and chief prosecutor Ingrid Isgren will be holding a press conference later today.

Julian Assange was accused of rape during a visit to Sweden in August 2010. A warrant for his arrest was issued in November of the same year. After a number of legal twists, he fled to the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he was granted asylum. He has been living in the embassy for nearly five years. Assange claims that he is unwilling to leave the embassy, as he fears extradition to the United States where he is suspected of crimes pertaining to Wikileak's publications of thousands of military and diplomatic documents.

Swedish prosecutors refused to interrogate him in London for several years. After being criticized by a Swedish court for not processing the case quickly enough, prosecutor Marianne Ny stated in 2015 that they would be willing to question Assange in London.

Julian Assange was interrogated at the embassy in London in November 2016. His attorney Per E Samuelson said afterward that the case against Assange had been weakened, and the arrest warrant should be dropped.

Assange was originally suspected of sex crimes against two women. By August 2015, three of the charges against him regarding sexual molestation and unlawful coercion were dropped, because the statute of limitations had expired. One rape charge rape, remained.

This charge was dropped today, Friday.

It is as yet unclear if Assange will now leave the embassy in London.

”The first thing to do is seek guarantees from the British authorities that he will not be arrested for any other reason,” Melinda Taylor, one of Wikileak's lawyers stated earlier today to the TT news bureau.

British police say that Assange will be arrested if he leaves the embassy.

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