Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Business | By Max Garcia

Lawyer says Assange's accuser is shocked

At a Friday press conference, Ny and "Chief Prosecutor Ingrid Isgren will give information about the decision", the Swedish prosecutor's office statement read.

Earlier in Stockholm, Marianne Ny, Sweden's director of public prosecutions, said the rape investigation had been dropped because there was "no reason to believe that the decision to surrender him to Sweden can be executed in the foreseeable future".

Prosecutor Marianne Ny said she could not judge whether the 45-year-old Australian native was guilty or innocent because the investigation had been thwarted.

Mr Assange has been living in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London since 2012 to avoid extradition in Sweden over the rape allegations and for fear of being extradited to the United States, where the Australian could face trial over the leaking of thousands of secret USA military and diplomatic documents. However, British police say Assange still faces arrest for jumping bail if he leaves the Ecuadorean embassy in London.

In a letter sent to the Swedish government on May 8, Ecuador condemned "the obvious lack of progress" in the investigation despite Assange's questioning in the presence of the Swedish prosecutor at the embassy in November 2016. Sweden's top prosecutor said Friday May 19, 2017, she is dropping an investigation into a rape claim against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange after nearly seven years.

A cat dressed in a collar and tie looks out from a window of the Ecuadorian embassy in London, Friday May 19, 2017.

LONDON (AP) — Swedish prosecutors have dropped their investigation into a rape allegation against Julian Assange, nearly seven years after it began and five years after the WikiLeaks founder sought refuge inside Ecuador's London embassy.

Julian Assange says Sweden's decision to drop a rape inveatigation against him is "an important victory for me and for the United Nations human rights system". "He is now free to leave the embassy when he wants".

But the picture is more complicated than that. They surfaced after the women accused Assange of sexual misconduct during a visit to Stockholm in 2010.

After that, the investigation stalled.

Sweden's top prosecutor says the investigation of alleged sexual offenses could reopened if Julian Assange returns to Sweden before the statute of limitations lapses in 2020.

Asked if London would now support a request to extradite Assange to the United States, British Prime Minister Theresa May said: "We look at extradition requests on a case-by-case basis".

However, Mr Assange still can not leave the Ecuadorean Embassy as Scotland Yard have said that they will be obliged to arrest him if he left for failing to appear in court in 2012.

The UK Crown Prosecution Service said that breach of bail is punishable by up to a year in prison or a fine.

Police indicated they will significantly scale back the resources dedicated to making sure Assange does not escape now that he is wanted for a much less serious crime.

Assange always denied the allegations, which he feared would lead to him being extradited to the United States and facing trial over the leak of hundreds of thousands of secret USA military and diplomatic documents in 2010, which brought WikiLeaks to prominence.

Assange's Swedish lawyer last month filed a new motion demanding that the arrest warrant be lifted after US Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in April that arresting Assange would be "a priority".

WikiLeaks has repeatedly infuriated USA officials with the widespread release of sensitive secret documents related to military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq and diplomatic relations around the world.

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