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United Kingdom police say Assange still faces arrest

United Kingdom police say Assange still faces arrest

The Metropolitan Police, however, swiftly confirmed it would still arrest the Australian over the lesser charge of skipping bail in 2012 when he sought asylum.

Assange has always denied the rape allegations made against him.

Earlier this month, Assange, via his lawyer, demanded that the arrest warrant against him be suspended since the United States had declared that they meant to imprison him.

Speaking from the balcony of Ecuador's London embassy, the WikiLeaks founder says his seven-year legal ordeal - which he calls unjust detention - "is not something that I can forgive". "The proper war is just commencing".

Assange, an Australian national, has previously said that he feared that if he left the embassy he could end up being extradited and face the death penalty in the United States over allegations of revealing hundreds of thousands o secret USA military and diplomatic documents through WikiLeaks, CNN reported.

U.S. Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions said in April that the arrest of Assange was a priority for the U.S. Department of Justice. The South American country has granted him asylum.

"This has gone on long enough", Long said.

Assange, 45, has been holed up in the embassy since 2012 after skipping bail to avoid extradition to Sweden over the allegation of rape, which he denies.

It added: "Whilst Mr Assange was wanted on a European arrest warrant (EAW) for an extremely serious offence, the MPS response reflected the serious nature of that crime".

A lawyer for the woman who alleged she was raped by Assange said "it's a scandal that a suspected rapist can avoid the judicial system and thus avoid a trial in court".

Julian Assange's lawyer is asking French president Emmanuel Macron to intervene in support of the WikiLeaks founder. With the threat of extradition to Sweden dropped, the he could potentially opt to leave the embassy.

She claimed the WikiLeaks founder had "evaded all attempts" to transfer him to the Scandinavian country and there was now no reasonable prospect of him attending any future trial in Sweden. Ny and Chief Prosecutor Ingrid Isgren were briefing reporters on the decision in Stockholm.

Swedish prosecutors received a translation of the interrogation four months later, but "all materials were translated into Spanish then into English then back into Spanish then into Swedish", Ny said, making it hard for the investigation to move forward.

"At this point, all possibilities to conduct the investigation are exhausted".

The preliminary investigation on Assange, 44, was opened in 2010.

Sweden's top prosecutor, Marianne Ny, says she has withdrawn a European arrest warrant for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange after concluding that it won't be possible to bring him to Sweden. "My assessment is the transfer can not be carried out in a foreseeable future".

"Given that the European arrest warrant no longer holds, Ecuador will now be intensifying its diplomatic efforts with the United Kingdom so that Julian Assange can gain safe passage, in order to enjoy his asylum in Ecuador".

Prosecutors frustrated by Assange's refusal to return to Sweden for questioning eventually came to London to meet with him at the Ecuadorean Embassy previous year.

British police said despite Sweden's decision to drop the rape investigation, Assange still faces arrest if he leaves Ecuador's embassy in London.

Scotland Yard said it was obliged to execute a warrant issued by Westminster Magistrates' Court for the arrest of Mr Assange following his failure to surrender to the court in June 2012 should he leave the embassy. "The MPS will provide a level of resourcing which is proportionate to that offence", it said.

British police kept up round-the-clock guard outside the embassy until December 2015, when the operation was scaled back, in part because of the cost, which had exceeded $17.5 million at the time. British police arrested him in London months later.

After the Swedish announcement.

Lawyer David Allen Green, who has followed the case, tweeted: "Once outside embassy, Assange more at risk from any USA extradition attempt than if he had gone to Sweden".

"Focus now moves to United Kingdom", a Wikileaks spokesperson said. It is not clear if that may change now that the investigation has been dropped.

WikiLeaks' release of classified material has continued unabated during Assange's five years in the Ecuadorean embassy.


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