Sweden says UN decision has no impact on Assange case

Swedish prosecutors states UN panel which declared WikiLeak's founder Assange had been 'arbitrarily detained' in Ecuador's embassy in UK has no formal significance for continuing investigation against him

Photo by: AFP (Archive)
Photo by: AFP (Archive)

Julian Assange - founder of Wikileaks - delivering a statement on the balcony inside the Ecuador's Embassy, where he has sought political asylum in London, pictured in August 2012.

Swedish prosecutors said on Thursday a UN ruling which said Julian Assange had been 'arbitrarily detained' in Ecuador's embassy in London had no formal impact into an ongoing rape investigation against the WikiLeak's founder.

"The statement from the Working Group has no formal impact on the ongoing investigation, according to Swedish law," the Prosecution Authority said in a statement.

"The prosecutor responsible for the case is on a journey and has not yet been able to take a position on the latest development."

Assange, 44, took refuge at the embassy in June 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning over allegations, which he denies, that he committed rape in 2010.

TRTWorld, Reuters