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.

Kristinn Hrafnsson, Editor-in-Chief of WikiLeaks claimed that “there has been considerable political pressure on Sweden to reopen their investigation, but there has always been political pressure surrounding this case.”

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.

Hrafnsson added that, in his estimation at least, the “case has been mishandled throughout” after a Swedish prosecutor initially found that “no crime at all” had occurred, after which time the case was reopened.

 

Source: RT

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This is a shameful politically motivated stunt and a sham that the Swedes have lost all independence and bowed to US thuggish pressure. The primary reason for opening up these fabricated cases against Assange is to set an example to any future whistle-blowers who expose US war crimes and atrocities against civilians. It will have the opposite effect and even European populations are fed up of US intimidation and the puppet nature of their spineless governments that kow tow to US warmongers. Sweden has turned into a Kangaroo court like other vassal states!

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Rape in Sweden is only a problem when someone like Assange is involved. Public Prosecutions department cant even convict anyone for crimes in Sweden and refuse to convict those guilty of real crimes that can be proven. Their daycare mentality is all day until Assange’s name comes along and he is public enemy #1.Its way to pretend Sweden even bothers with rape despite its reputation. Sweden promotes criminality – they freely accepted ISIS war criminals now involved in criminal acts and did not bother to have them face justice elsewhere (better to have them dead tho). In Sweden, the progressive… Read more »