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Sweden won't seek Assange's detention, court rules

SeattlePI.com Monday, 3 June 2019
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A Swedish court has ruled that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is now jailed in Britain and suspected of rape in Sweden, shouldn't be detained in absentia.

Monday's ruling by the Uppsala District Court doesn't mean a preliminary investigation in Sweden should be abandoned, only that Assange wouldn't be extradited and could be questioned in Britain.

Last month, the 47-year-old Assange was evicted from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London where he had been holed up with political asylum since 2012. He was then immediately arrested by British police on April 11 and is currently serving a 50-week sentence in Britain for jumping bail in 2012.

He is also fighting extradition to the U.S., which accuses him of publishing secret documents.
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A court in Sweden on Monday rejected a request from prosecutors that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange be detained in absentia. The request only complicating the process of having the Australian citizen extradited to Sweden for questioning over an allegation of rape. The ruling was read out by...

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