Stockholm: Swedish prosecutors on Monday decided to reopen a 2010 rape investigation against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
The deputy director of public prosecutions, Eva-Marie Persson, announced the decision at a press conference here today, saying: “I have today taken the decision to reopen the preliminary investigation.”
“After reviewing the preliminary investigation carried out so far, I find that there still exist grounds for Julian Assange to be suspected on probable cause of the charge of rape,” Persson added.
Swedish prosecutors had filed preliminary charges against Assange after he visited the country in 2010. Seven years later, a case of alleged sexual misconduct was dropped when the statute of limitations expired.
However, a rape allegation, couldn’t be pursued as Assange was living at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.
The US is seeking Assange’s extradition from the UK over his alleged role in the release of classified military and diplomatic material by Wikileaks in 2010.