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Former prosecutor says questioning Assange in London was a viable choice

Assange could have been questioned in London

Published fredag 17 augusti 2012 kl 14.08
Former prosecutor Sven-Erik Alhem. Photo: Scanpix

Swedish prosecutors could have gone to London to interrogate Julian Assange there, according to former prosecutor Sven-Erik Alhem. But he says it isn't possible for Sweden to guarantee that Assange will not be handed over to the United States before such a request has even been made, Radio Sweden reports.

"As far as I know it's not possible for a state to issue a guarantee like that in advance. I want to emphasize that an extradition request has not even been made by the United States," Alhem says.

However, it would have been possible for Swedish prosecuters to conduct an interrogation in the United Kingdom.

"The prosecutor could have asked the British authorities to allow an interrogation to take place in London before a decision was made to issue a European order for his arrest. Instead the prosecutor decided to issue the arrest order, which is also correct. But in hindsight one wonders if it wouldn't have been wiser to conduct the interrogation first," Alhem says.

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