'After confirming the reopening of the rape investigation against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, Sweden’s Director of Public Prosecutions Eva-Marie Persson has confirmed that Sweden will seek his extradition to face trial.
The 47-year-old is currently being held at Belmarsh prison in London after he was found guilty of skipping bail and sentenced to 50 weeks in jail.
He avoided extradition to Sweden for some seven years by seeking refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in London in 2012, however he was unceremoniously evicted in April.
The United States is also seeking Assange's extradition on charges that he conspired with Chelsea Manning to hack a Pentagon computer and steal state secrets.
Persson said that it is up to UK authorities whether the Swedish or US extradition requests take priority.'
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Swedish prosecutor reopens Assange sexual assault case (so utterly predictable)
'Sweden’s Director of Public Prosecutions Eva-Marie Persson has announced that the investigation into allegations of sexual assault by whistleblower and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been reopened.
"I have taken the decision to reopen the preliminary investigation,” Persson told reporters at a press conference on Monday, confirming her office’s decision.
"As Mr Assange is currently incarcerated in the UK the circumstances now allow him to be extradited to Sweden on a rape warrant," she added.
The sexual assault charges were leveled against Assange in a case which began almost a decade ago, before he sought refuge in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London in 2012. He has repeatedly denied the allegations.
The statute of limitations expired on part of one charge in Sweden’s overall case against Assange, however, the time limit in respect of a sexual assault allegation by one of the women does not expire until 2020.
The case was put on ice in 2017 as prosecutors “didn’t see any possibilities to advance the investigation forward” while Assange was in political exile in the Ecuadorian Embassy. However, his recent arrest provided investigators with the option of reopening their inquiries.
Meanwhile, Assange has already been sentenced to 50 weeks in jail for skipping bail in the UK in 2012. However, the US is also seeking his extradition on charges that he conspired with Chelsea Manning to hack a Pentagon computer and steal state secrets.
Assange potentially faces the death penalty if convicted.'