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Swedish prosecutor may quiz Julian Assange within days

Published lördag 12 december 2015 kl 16.23
John Stillwell / AP.
Julian Assange. Photo: John Stillwell / AP.

Sweden may within days have the opportunity to question WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in London about alleged sexual offences , according to a statement from the Ecuadorian foreign ministry. 

Reports in the Guardian, suggest that Ecuador has reached a bilateral ageement with Sweden to allow its prosecutor to travel to its embassy in London and interview Julian Assange over rape allegations 'in the coming days'. 

Anna-Carin Svensson, from the Justice Department, confirmed the reports.

"There is no signed agreement yet, but we are almost ready," she says to TT.

Assange has been wanted for questioning by Swedish authorities since 2010, but was granted asylum by Ecuador and has been in the country’s London embassy for more than three years

Earlier this summer, officials from the Swedish Ministry of Justice met with representatives from Ecuador to sign a global agreement with Ecuador for legal assistance. Sweden and Ecuador currently have no agreements on legal assistance, which has meant that Swedish prosecutors have not been allowed to question the WikiLeaks founder.

In April, the Australian activist said he consented to the Swedish prosecutor’s conditions for the interrogation procedure to take place in the Kensington embassy, ending a long-stand-off.

Per Samuelson, Assange's lawyer, told the Guardian that Sweden needed to formally approve the deal and he understood those discussions would take place on Thursday.

Mr Assange has been holed up in the Latin American nation's embassy in Britain since 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden on allegations of rape and suspected sexual molestation and unlawful coercion. The latter accusations were dropped in August when the statute of limitations expired.

He denies the allegations made by two women while he was on a trip to Sweden in 2010. He has always claimed that claims that if he Went to Sweden to be questioned he  would be indicted for espionage by the US for his work with WikiLeaks.

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