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Lawyer says Assange's accuser is shocked

Lawyer says Assange's accuser is shocked

Earlier today, Director of Sweden's Public Prosecution Marianne Ny announced that the authority asked the court to revoke the warrant of arrest issued for Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, bringing an end to the 7-year legal stand-off. The U.S. has not dropped its interest in Assange, and London Metropolitan Police were quick to say they will continue to enforce an outstanding arrest warrant for him.

The announcement by prosecutor Marianne Ny means the outspoken WikiLeaks leader no longer faces sex crime allegations in Sweden, although British police said was still wanted for jumping bail in Britain in 2012.

Elisabeth Massi Fritz says her client is shocked by the Swedish decision but added that "she can't change her view that Assange has exposed her to a rape".

Sweden's top prosecutor says there's no possibility of arresting Assange "in the foreseeable future", but the case could be re-opened if he returns to Sweden before the statute of limitations expires in 2020.

"That is not something I can forgive, or forget", he said, claiming he had suffered a "terrible injustice" while living under house arrest or hidden away inside the embassy without ever being charged with a crime.

Director of Public Prosecution Marianne Ny announced in a statement that she "has made a decision to discontinue the investigation".

"This is a total victory for Julian Assange". Juan Branco told The Associated Press in Paris that he wants Macron to help Assange leave the Ecuadorean Embassy in London.

But it adds that Assange is now wanted for a "much less serious offense" than the original sex crimes claims, and police "will provide a level of resourcing which is proportionate to that offense".

He has always denied the claims, which he feared would see him extradited to the United States and tried over the leaking of hundreds of thousands of secret U.S. military and diplomatic documents.

Thus Gardner said the Ecuadorians have an interesting decision to make about letting him leave their embassy, as technically the country has granted him asylum.

Friday was the deadline for the Swedish prosecution to send a request to Stockholm District Court in the Assange case.

"That's because we finally were able to get the interview done (with the Swedish side) and he could describe what really happened and also because we could show that the United States is hunting him, which we could not do before", Samuelson said.

Similarly, U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May appeared to distance herself from any lingering diplomatic complications, remarking that any decision about Assange will be an operational matter for the police.

Samuelsson was not immediately available for further comment.

Prosecutors have been accused of vacillating, first dropping the preliminary investigation and then re-opening it and of dragging their heels over questioning Assange. At the point when a prosecutor has exhausted the possibilities to continue the investigation, the prosecutor is obliged to discontinue the investigation. "Focus now moves to United Kingdom".

British police kept up a round-the-clock guard outside the embassy until December 2015, when the operation was scaled back partly because of the costs, which had exceeded 11 million pounds (over $17.5 million at the time). Until Friday, Britain was bound to honor Sweden's extradition request before any warrant from the United States.


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