Sweden Reopens Rape Case Against Julian Assange

Julian Assange gestures to the media from a police vehicle on his arrival at Westminster Magistrates court on April 11, 2019 - Getty-H 2019
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Julian Assange gestures to the media from a police vehicle on his arrival at Westminster Magistrates court on April 11, 2019 in London, England.  After weeks of speculation Wikileaks founder Julian Assange was arrested by Scotland Yard Police Officers inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in Central London this morning. Ecuador's President, Lenin Moreno, withdrew Assange's Asylum after seven years citing repeated violations to international conventions. 

He was recently sentenced in the U.K. to 50 weeks in prison for jumping bail.

Sweden said Monday that it is reopening a probe into rape allegations against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange who is serving a prison term in the U.K. while the United States is seeking his extradition.

Assange was removed from the Ecuadorean Embassy in London last month and arrested seven years after taking refuge in the embassy to avoid extradition in a previous Swedish investigation into the same rape case. 

Sweden ended the initial probe in May 2017, deciding that there was no way to proceed as long as he was hiding in the embassy. Prosecutors back then emphasized that they had not cleared him and reserved the right to reopen the investigation.

He was sentenced in the U.K. to 50 weeks in prison for jumping bail. The U.S. is looking for his extradition for his involvement in one of the largest leaks of classified materials in U.S. history.

British officials is expected to have to figure out whether the U.S. or Swedish extradition case would take precedence. A recent London hearing about the potential extradition of Assange to the U.S. was adjourned until May 30.