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Swedish Prosecutors Drop Rape Investigation Into WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange

Mary Margaret Olohan 

Prosecutors dropped an investigation into 2010 rape allegations against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Tuesday.

Assange, 48, is being held in prison in Britain, but the investigation has been discontinued, according to Politico. The decision came after a Swedish court ruled in June that Assange would not be detained.

“I want to inform about my decision to discontinue the preliminary investigation,” Deputy Chief Prosecutor Eva-Marie Persson said at a news conference Tuesday, Politico reported.

The Swedish Prosecution Authority said the evidence for the investigation “has weakened considerably” because of how much time has passed since the “events in question occurred,” BBC reported.

“I would like to emphasize that the injured party has submitted a credible and reliable version of events,” Persson said, according to BBC. “Her statements have been coherent, extensive and detailed; however, my overall assessment is that the evidential situation has been weakened to such an extent that that there is no longer any reason to continue the investigation.”

A British court also sentenced Assange to 50 weeks in prison in May after he jumped bail and fled to the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. His flight came after Sweden requested his extradition following sexual assault allegations, making him guilty of breaching the Bail Act.

 

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