Assange to be questioned over alleged rape case later on Monday
WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange is to be questioned by Swedish prosecutors later on Monday following years of stalemate in an alleged rape case which was opened in Sweden more than six years ago, RT.com reports.
The meeting will take place in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London where Assange has been residing since claiming political asylum back in 2012, when Sweden issued a European arrest warrant for him. An Ecuadorean prosecutor will interview Assange, asking questions the Swedish side had submitted previously. It will be attended by Sweden’s deputy chief prosecutor Ingred Isgren and police inspector Cecilia Redell, who are allowed to ask for clarifications to Assange’s responses, but not put any fresh questions forward. Assange’s answers will be transcribed and sent to the Swedish authorities for processing. If he consents to it, a DNA sample will also be taken from him.
Throughout the years, Assange has not been charged with any offence under Swedish law but was sought for questioning over complaints of sexual assault by two women in 2010. He has been sought for questioning on allegations of four counts of sexual misconduct, which he repeatedly denied and three of which have now expired under Sweden’s Statute of Limitations. Technically free to leave the embassy, the WikiLeaks founder, however, decided to stay, repeatedly raising concerns over Swedish demands that he be questioned in person, as he feared the prosecutors in fact want to extradite him to the United States.