Swedish prosecutor says to drop Assange investigation

PUBLISHED ON FRI, MAY 19, 2017 4:14 PM

Swedish prosecutor says to drop Assange investigation

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STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Swedish prosecutors said on Friday they would drop a preliminary investigation into an allegation of rape against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Friday, bringing to an end a 7-year legal stand-off.

 

"Chief Prosecutor Marianne Ny has today decided to discontinue the preliminary investigation regarding suspected rape concerning Julian Assange," the prosecutors office said in a statement.

 

Assange, 45, has lived in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London since 2012, after taking refuge there to avoid extradition to Sweden over the allegation of rape, which he denies.

 

(Reporting by Stockholm Newsroom; Editing by Louise Ireland)

 

 
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