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Sweden drops investigation into Julian Assange

SWEDEN dropped its investigation into alleged sexual offences by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange today.

Prosecutor Eve-Marie Persson said that “nine years have gone” and that “the oral evidence has weakened as time has passed.”

A Swedish court ruled in June that Mr Assange should not be detained, two months after he was evicted from the Ecuadorean embassy where he had sought political asylum seven years earlier.

He has since served a 50-week sentence in Belmarsh prison for jumping bail but controversially remains behind bars as authorities weigh whether to extradite him to the United States, which wants to charge him over the release of classified information that shed light on US war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan.

UN special rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment Nils Melzer says that the inhuman conditions in which Mr Assange is being held put his life at risk.


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