SWEDISH PROSECUTORS DROP INVESTIGATION AGAINST WIKILEAKS FOUNDER

Stockholm – Prosecutors in Sweden said on Friday that they would drop their investigation into Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder who sought refuge in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London five years ago after the authorities in Stockholm opened a preliminary rape inquiry against him.

“The investigation is discontinued,” Marianne Ny, the director of public prosecution, told reporters in Sweden’s capital, Stockholm In Britain, he still faces a warrant for failing to appear in court, and the London police said on Friday that they would arrest Assange, who has maintained his innocence, if he tried to leave the embassy.

Assange, 45, took refuge there to avoid extradition to Sweden amid fears that he would have been handed over to the US to face prosecution over the publication of classified military and diplomatic documents by WikiLeaks.

Source: Qatar News Agency

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