Julian Assange: Sweden considers reviving rape inquiry

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The WikiLeaks co-founder was dramatically arrested on Thursday at the Ecuadorian embassy in London where he had been holed up for nearly seven years. The struggle has taken him through a "mansion arrest" in the English countryside; a dramatic escape into the Ecuadorian Embassy in London; a multimillion-pound United Kingdom police siege of the embassy that has strained government coffers; and even a freakish attempt to turn him into a Moscow-based diplomat.

More than 70 British members of parliament have signed a letter urging the home secretary to ensure that WikiLeaks cofounder Julian Assange is extradited to Sweden if a case there is reopened against him.

The letter to the Home Secretary was organised by Labour MP Stella Creasy and stated: "We are writing to request that you do everything you can to champion action that will ensure Julian Assange can be extradited to Sweden in the event Sweden make an extradition request".

Assange sought asylum at Ecuador's premises in London's chic Knightsbridge district after a British judge ruled he should be extradited to Sweden to face the sexual assault allegations.

Swedish prosecutors dropped a rape investigation into Assange in 2017 because they were unable to formally notify him of the allegations - a necessary step in proceeding with the case - while he remained in the Ecuadorian embassy.

For almost seven years, Assange lived in the embassy without taking a step outside for fear of being arrested and sent to the U.S.to be prosecuted.

The 47-year-old faces up to 12 months in a British prison after he was found guilty of breaching his bail conditions, while the US charge could attract a maximum jail sentence of five years, according to the US Department of Justice.

Assange is due to face Westminster Magistrates Court on May 2 via a video-link from prison over the United States extradition case.

On Thursday, the day Assange was pulled from the Ecuadorean embassy after... But Swedish prosecutors have said a rape case could be reactivated before the statute of limitations for that ends in August 2020.

Maajid Nawaz calls for Jeremy Corbyn and Diane Abbott to stick with their principles and stop making excuses for Julian Assange by urging the government to block his extradition to the Untied States.

Assange denies both allegations. "This extradition would be wrong so we oppose it".

"The extradition of Julian Assange to the USA for exposing evidence of atrocities in Iraq and Afghanistan should be opposed", he said on Twitter.

When asked what he thinks should happen to Assange, who is charged with leaking national security secrets, Trump said, "I don't really have any opinion".

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