Ecuador asks Sweden for new application to question Assange

Ecuador asks Sweden to reapply to question Wikileaks founder Julian Assange

Photo by: Reuters (Archive)
Photo by: Reuters (Archive)

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange during a news conference at the Ecuadorian embassy in central London, Britain on August 18, 2014

Updated Jan 22, 2016

Swedish prosecutors said on Thursday that Ecuador asked Sweden to resubmit an application to question Wikileaks founder Julian Assange at Ecuador’s embassy in London.

The Swedish prosecutor said that Ecuador sent a letter to Sweden stating that it will allow the interview of Assange and asked for a list of questions that the prosecutor wants answered.

"At the moment, we consider if it affects the possibilities to conduct the investigative matters and, if that is case, we shall submit a renewed request," Director of Public Prosecution Marianne Ny said in a statement.

In June 2012, Assange, 44, took refuge at Ecuador’s embassy in London to avoid extradition to Sweden where he is now wanted for questioning over allegations that he committed rape in 2010.

Assange expressed his concerns, saying that he feared Sweden would extradite him to the United States to stand trial over the leaking of hundreds of thousands of classified US military and diplomatic documents in 2010.

Last month, Ecuador and Sweden signed a legal cooperation deal after a three-year stalemate which will allow Assange to be interrogated at the embassy.

Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa announced on Wednesday that Assange could face questions from Swedish prosecutors “in the coming days”. He did not give a specific date for the interrogation concerning the rape allegations which Assange denies, but he said it would happen “very soon”.

"We hope in the coming days Mr. Julian Assange will be interrogated by Ecuadoran authorities on the basis of questions and requests from Swedish prosecutors," the president said at a press conference.

TRTWorld and agencies