Sweden re-opens Julian Assange rape investigation, prosecutors have announced on Monday. Under Swedish law, they have until next year to pursue the case.
The Wikileaks founder was visiting Sweden in August 2010 to speak at a conference and he met two women and had sex with them. When the allegations were first made, Swedish prosecutors had filed preliminary charges. In 2012 he fled to the Ecuadorian embassy in London and claimed asylum. A case of alleged sexual misconduct was dropped when expired but the rape allegation left. The investigation may be revived at the request of the alleged victim's lawyer, Elizabeth Massi Fritz. She said: "No rape victim should have to wait nine years to see justice be served."
Assange was evicted from the embassy last month and sentenced to 50 weeks in prison for violating his bail. The extradition proceedings for Assange's alleged role in leaking diplomatic and military secrets in 2010 are also ongoing. He is accused of participating in one of the largest ever leaks of government secrets, which could result in a prison term of up to five years. Assange may be able to argue that his likely treatment in the US prison system would breach his human rights.