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Sweden: 'Evidence is not strong enough' for an indictment - prosecutors on Assange rape case01:46

Sweden: 'Evidence is not strong enough' for an indictment - prosecutors on Assange rape case

Sweden, Stockholm
November 19, 2019 at 15:11 GMT +00:00 · Published

Swedish prosecutors said they would drop an investigation into rape allegations made against WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange after a review of the evidence. The announcement was made during a press conference in Stockholm on Tuesday.

"After conducting a comprehensive assessment of what has emerged during the course of the preliminary investigation, I made the assessment that the evidence is not strong enough to form the basis for filing an indictment," Deputy Chief Prosecutor Eva-Marie Persson said.

"Testimony in support of statements by the injured party has weakened. This is primarily because a long time has passed since the events took place," she continued. "Memories fade, for natural reasons."

Assange has repeatedly denied the allegations against him made in 2010, and spent seven years inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London to avoid extradition to Sweden due to fears of being subsequently extradited to the United States where he faces conspiracy and espionage charges related to the publication of classified military and diplomatic documents in 2010.

Police arrested the WikiLeaks co-founder at the embassy in April, and he was convicted from last month and sentenced to 50 weeks in jail in the UK for breaching his bail conditions. Assange still faces extradition to the United States, the hearing for which will take place at Belmarsh Court in February.

Sweden: 'Evidence is not strong enough' for an indictment - prosecutors on Assange rape case01:46
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Swedish prosecutors said they would drop an investigation into rape allegations made against WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange after a review of the evidence. The announcement was made during a press conference in Stockholm on Tuesday.

"After conducting a comprehensive assessment of what has emerged during the course of the preliminary investigation, I made the assessment that the evidence is not strong enough to form the basis for filing an indictment," Deputy Chief Prosecutor Eva-Marie Persson said.

"Testimony in support of statements by the injured party has weakened. This is primarily because a long time has passed since the events took place," she continued. "Memories fade, for natural reasons."

Assange has repeatedly denied the allegations against him made in 2010, and spent seven years inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London to avoid extradition to Sweden due to fears of being subsequently extradited to the United States where he faces conspiracy and espionage charges related to the publication of classified military and diplomatic documents in 2010.

Police arrested the WikiLeaks co-founder at the embassy in April, and he was convicted from last month and sentenced to 50 weeks in jail in the UK for breaching his bail conditions. Assange still faces extradition to the United States, the hearing for which will take place at Belmarsh Court in February.

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