Julian Assange CANNOT be extradited to Sweden over rape claims, judge rules but WikiLeaks founder could be quizzed in Britain

WIKILEAKS founder Julian Assange cannot extradited to Sweden to face rape charges, a court in the country has ruled.

The ruling by Uppsala District Court doesn’t mean a preliminary investigation in Sweden should be abandoned, only that Assange wouldn’t be extradited and could be questioned in Britain.

Assange leaving court in London after appearing to face charges of jumping bail
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Last month, the 47-year-old Assange was evicted from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London where he had been holed up with political asylum since 2012.

Assange was then immediately arrested by British police on April 11 and is currently serving a 50-week sentence in Britain for jumping bail in 2012.

He is also fighting extradition to the US but missed a court hearing last week, reportedly due to ill health.

The US accuses him of violating the Espionage Act by publishing secret documents hacked from the Pentagon containing the names of confidential military and diplomatic sources

At the time he jumped bail he was facing extradition to Sweden for questioning over rape and sexual misconduct allegations made by two women after he visited the country in 2010.

They accused him of rape and molestation and Assange was questionedbut never charged over the allegations.

He was initially told he could leave the country, but in November of that year, Interpol issued a Red Notice for his arrest.

The sexual misconduct allegations have been dropped after time ran out to prosecute him but the time limit for the rape case is August 2020.


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