“Victim of Assange” shocked by the decision of Swedish Prosecutor to stop the investigation against him
The decision of Swedish Prosecutor to stop the investigation against the founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, accused of rape, shocked one of his alleged victims. This was stated by the lawyer of the victim, Elizabeth Fritz, reports The Telegraph.
“It’s a scandal when a rape suspect may evade justice and thereby avoid court… My client is shocked. No decision of the (court to complete the investigation) cannot change the fact that Assange had subjected her to rape,” she told reporters.
The Swedish Prosecutor’s office decided to discontinue the investigation of a rape case against Assange on Friday, may 19. This was announced during the press conference chief Prosecutor Marianne Nu in Stockholm.
On Twitter, WikiLeaks reported that after the decision of the Swedish Prosecutor’s office a warrant for the arrest of the activist will be cancelled. Assange’s lawyer Per Samuelson in an interview with radio Ekot said the decision of the Swedish authorities “complete victory”. Another defender of the activist, Juan Branco, said in an interview with France Info that the founder of WikiLeaks intends to seek political asylum in France, the power which previously he was not.
Assange himself commented on the news a photo on Twitter where he’s smiling. Journalists gathered outside the Embassy of Ecuador in London, where a fugitive activist, still did not wait for his official statement.
Assange was accused of rape and sexual harassment against two women during his visit to Stockholm in 2010, where he spoke at the conference. One of the accusations against him put forward a resident of Stockholm, in the apartment where Wikileaks founder lived. Assange himself of all accusations denied, saying that he came into contact with victims of mutual desire. No charges he was not charged, and he would be able to leave the country.
However, in November of the same year, a court in Stockholm issued an arrest warrant for Assange. 20 Nov 2010 the activist was put by the Interpol on the international wanted list. A week later, he voluntarily surrendered to the British police and brought to court. In December 2010, Assange was released on bail in the amount of 240 thousand pounds during the pendency of the extradition request of Sweden. This process lasted for a year and a half. In June 2012 Assange, who was in the UK under house arrest, fearing that it will give Sweden and then extradited to the U.S., took refuge in the Embassy of Ecuador in London and asked for the leadership of this country for political asylum. After that, the territory of the Embassy was cordoned off by police. In August 2012 Ecuador has granted Assange asylum. Period of his stay in the Embassy repeatedly extended.
In August 2015 the Prosecutor’s office of Sweden took part with Assange charges in connection with the expiration of the Statute of limitations on them. In particular, he was acquitted of three of the four allegations of sexual offences – assault and consensual sexual contact.
Meanwhile, one – fourth the charges against Assange – expires 17 August 2020, as in this case, the Australian is suspected of more serious crime – rape. The Statute of limitations for such crimes is 10 years.