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Wikileaks Founder To Be Questioned By Swedish Prosecutors

Posted: Aug 11, 2016 at 8:26 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange will be questioned by Swedish prosecutors inside the Ecuadorean embassy in London, in a possible breakthrough to the impasse over his case. The 44-year-old is wanted for questioning in Sweden over rape allegations stemming from a 2010 incident.

The Ecuadorian attorney general delivered a document agreeing to a request by the Swedish prosecutor to question Mr Assange.

The statement reads: “In the coming weeks a date will be established for the proceedings to be held at the embassy of Ecuador in the United Kingdom. For more than four years, the government of Ecuador has offered to cooperate in facilitating the questioning of Julian Assange in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, as well as proposing other political and legal measures, in order to reach a satisfactory solution for all parties involved in the legal case against Julian Assange, to end the unnecessary delays in the process and to ensure full and effective legal protection.”

Assange fears he could be extradited from there to the U.S. over the 500,000 secret government files that were part of a massive public release by WikiLeaks, which has in turn, embarrassed several world leaders.

“Ecuador’s Foreign Ministry reiterates its commitment to the asylum granted to Julian Assange in August 2012, and reaffirms that the protection afforded by the Ecuadorian state shall continue while the circumstances persist that led to the granting of asylum, namely fears of political persecution,” the statement added.

Julian Assange has been living in the Ecuador Embassy in London since June 19, 2012, to avoid extradition under a European arrest warrant. The statute of limitations in the case expires in 2020.

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