Written by Lahiru Fernando
13 Mar, 2015 | 10:33 pm
Co-founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange is to be questioned by Swedish prosecutors over allegations of sexual assaults in 2010.
The Swedish officials, who had previously refused to conduct interviews in London were Assange has taken refuge in the Ecudorean Embassy since Jue 2012 stating that performing the interview at the Embassy in London would lower the quality of the interview, insisted that Julian Assange need to be present in Sweden.
However, the Swedish prosecutors have now decided to hold the interview at the Ecudorean embassy in London given that the some potential charges against Assange would expire in August under Sweden’s statue of limitations.
Under Swedish law there is a time limit for certain offence investigations. In the case of Julian Assange, the prosecutor’s time to question him about some of the allegations runs out in August this year. The most serious alleged rape offence however, has another 5 years left.
A lawyer for Julian Assange, Per Samuelson stated that leaving the embassy and travelling to Sweden would present a risk for Assange as he would be detained upon arrival in Sweden. Samelson further noted that if Assange leaves, he loses his political immunity and that he stands to end up in an American Prison for 35-40 years.
WikiLeaks, a website which was co-founded by Julian Assange, has published a huge amount of secret documents which have caused intense embarrassment for the US and caused damage in diplomatic relations.
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