Sweden approaches Ecuadorean embassy to question Assange

Swedish prosecutors approach Ecuadorean embassy in London to question WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange over rape allegations

Photo by: AP (Archive )
Photo by: AP (Archive )

Julian Assange.

Swedish Prosecution Authority announced on Wednesday that they approached the Ecuadorian Embassy in London to meet with Julian Assange, WikiLeaks founder, to ask questions over his rape allegations.

"It is not possible to estimate when we will receive an answer," the prosecution authority said in a statement. It said the request was sent newly, but did not give details when.

If Ecuadorean embassy officials approve the application, questioning will be carried out by Chief District Prosecutor Ingrid Isgren and a police enquirer.

Assange, the 44-year-old, strongly denies the claims and says that the intercourse was consensual.

He believes that being questioned in Sweden will end with his extradition to the US, where he’ll face trial over the leakage of classified military and diplomatic documents in 2010

Ecuador is negotiating with Sweden on possible questioning inside the embassy, instead of extraditing Assange to the Scandinavian country.

In December 2015, Ecuador and Sweden signed an agreement that would provide Julian Assange to be questioned at Ecuador's embassy in London.

Assange, the Australian citizen has remained in Ecuador’s embassy in London since 2012, and has not left the building for three years.

Police forces are stationed outside the embassy and ready to arrest him, should he decide to leave. 

Julian Assange speaks from the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. (AFP Archive)



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