Sweden Drops Case Against Julian Assange After Seven Long Years Of Standoff

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3:01 pm 19 May, 2017

Sweden has dropped its case against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. The case was related to charges of alleged rape filed against Assange seven years ago.



Sweden’s director of public prosecution, Chief Prosecutor Marianne Ny, took the decision today to discontinue the investigation.


This means that Assange is now free of one of the cases that forced him into exile and eventually seek asylum in an Ecuadorian embassy in London.

With its decision, Sweden has now officially ended its seven-year-standoff with Assange.


Calls to fee Julian Assange have only increased over the years.Dominic Lipinski/PA

The dropping of the case means that Assange will not be extradited to Sweden anymore. This means that Assange will no longer have to fear getting extradited to the US from Sweden.

Assange faces the severest punishment in the US, connected to publication of classified documents. The classified documents contained US military and diplomatic secrets running into hundreds of thousands of pages.

Chelsea Manning (formerly Bradley Manning), a US soldier, was sentenced to prison for leaking a part of the information to WikiLeaks. After the end of a reduced 7-year imprisonment, Manning was freed by the authorities a couple of days ago.


A file photo of Julian Assange making an appearance on the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. REUTERS/ Olivia Harris/Files

The 45-year-old Assange has been living in the Ecuadoran embassy in London since 2012. But in spite of Sweden’s decision, there still exists one legal hurdle for Assange – the UK case.

So until UK drops the case it has against Assange, he cannot leave the embassy.

In February 2016, the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention stated that Assange has been “arbitrarily detained” and demanded that both Sweden and Britain annul their respective arrest warrants against him.

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