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Sweden Drops Julian Assange Rape Investigation After 10 years
Swedish prosecutors on Tuesday dropped a rape investigation into WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, ending an almost decade-old case that sent the 48-year-old into hiding in London’s Ecuadorian embassy to avoid extradition, AFP reported. Swedish prosecutors had stopped the investigation in 2017, but reopened it this year after Ecuador rescinded its grant of asylum to Assange in April, allowing British police to arrest him. Assange is currently serving 50 weeks in London’s Belmarsh Prison for skipping bail in 2012. “My assessment is that all investigative measures that can be taken have been taken,” Deputy Chief Prosecutor Eva-Marie Persson told reporters in Stockholm. “But... the evidence is not strong enough to file an indictment.” The complainant had accused Assange of having unprotected sex with her while she was sleeping. She said she had refused to have unprotected sex with him before the alleged incident.