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BREAKING: Swedish Prosecutors Drop Julian Assange Rape Investigation

Source: Guardian UK

Swedish prosecutors drop Julian Assange rape investigation

Swedens director of public prosecution, Marianne Ny, says she has decided to discontinue the investigation into WikiLeaks founder

Press Association and Reuters
Friday 19 May 2017 05.14 EDT

Swedish prosecutors said on Friday they would drop a preliminary investigation into an allegation of rape against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Friday, bringing to an end a seven-year legal standoff.

Chief Prosecutor Marianne Ny has today decided to discontinue the preliminary investigation regarding suspected rape concerning Julian Assange, the prosecutors office said in a statement.

Assange, 45, has lived in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London since 2012, after taking refuge there to avoid extradition to Sweden over the allegation of rape, which he denies.

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