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Assange to be questioned in London next week

Published måndag 7 november 2016 kl 10.20
Julian Assange
Julian Assange holding a UN report as he speaks on the balcony of the Ecuadorean embassy in London in February 2016. Credit: Frank Augstein/TT

Julian Assange will be questioned at the Ecuadorean embassy in London on Monday, November 14.

Ecuador has approved Sweden’s application for legal assistance in criminal matters and the questioning will take place in the presence of an Ecuadorean prosecutor, according to a press release from the Swedish Prosecution Authority. The Swedish Chief Prosecutor Ingrid Isgren and a Swedish police investigator will also attend the questioning.

A DNA sample will be taken from Assange if he consents.

“I welcome the fact that the investigation can now move forward via an interview with the suspect,” Director of Prosecution Marianne Ny, who is responsible for the investigation, said in a statement.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was suspected of sexual assault and rape against two women during a visit to Sweden in August 2010. He was detained in absentia in November 2010. In 2012 he escaped to the Ecuadorean embassy in London for fears of being extradited to the US for having published classified documents online.

In August of last year, three of the offences he was suspected of passed the statute of limitations. However, he can still be questioned about the allegation of rape.

Assange denies the rape allegations against him and has not been formally charged with any crime in the case.

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