Swedish prosecutor wants to interview Assange in London

Time is running out for the Swedes to prosecute Assange for alleged sexual molestation before the statute of limitations is reached

Swedish prosecutors have asked to interview WikiLeaks front-man Julian Assange in London, as the Swedish statute of limitations gives them only until August to bring charges on allegations of sexual molestation. The prosecutors also want Assange to give a DNA sample.

The request was filed with Assange's lawyer by the Swedish Director of Public Prosecutions, Marianne Ny , her office said Friday.

A Swedish court ordered Assange to be detained in November 2010 on suspicion of rape, sexual molestation and unlawful coercion. Since then, Swedish authorities have been trying to extradite Assange to Sweden.

Assange denies the allegations and, after exhausting his legal options to fight the extradition, took refuge in Ecuador's U.K. embassy in June 2012.

He fears that if he is forced to go to Sweden, he could eventually be extradited to the U.S. where he could be charged for publishing thousands of secret U.S. diplomatic cables on the WikiLeaks website.

The cache of U.S. cables for instance linked China to a 2009 hack of Google's computer systems. The hundreds of thousands of cables were leaked by Private First Class Bradley Manning (now Chelsea Manning), who had access to the Secure Internet Protocol Router Network (SIPRNet), a computer network used by the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Department of State.

Manning was convicted for the leaks in July 2013 and sentenced to 35 years in prison. Assange, who published the cables, has been more successful at avoiding prosecution.

The Swedish prosecutors are now willing to go to London to beat the statute of limitations on some of the allegations from running out.

Ny said she would have preferred to interview Assange in Sweden, but would rather interview him in the Ecuadorean embassy than not at all.

If Assange agrees to the prosecutors' proposal, the prosecutor will submit a request for legal assistance to the British authorities to continue the investigation, and send a request to to the Ecuadorian authorities to perform an investigation in the London embassy.

Per Samuelson, Assange's lawyer, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Loek is Amsterdam Correspondent and covers online privacy, intellectual property, online payment issues as well as EU technology policy and regulation for the IDG News Service. Follow him on Twitter at @loekessers or email tips and comments to loek_essers@idg.com

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags legalwikileaksCriminal

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Loek Essers

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Stocking Stuffer

SmartLens - Clip on Phone Camera Lens Set of 3

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Aysha Strobbe

Microsoft Office 365/HP Spectre x360

Microsoft Office continues to make a student’s life that little bit easier by offering reliable, easy to use, time-saving functionality, while continuing to develop new features that further enhance what is already a formidable collection of applications

Michael Hargreaves

Microsoft Office 365/Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

I’d recommend a Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 and the new Windows 10 to anyone who needs to get serious work done (before you kick back on your couch with your favourite Netflix show.)

Maryellen Rose George

Brother PT-P750W

It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!

Cathy Giles

Brother MFC-L8900CDW

The Brother MFC-L8900CDW is an absolute stand out. I struggle to fault it.

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?