Sweden drops Assange case, but he’s still wanted by London police
Despite the welcome news from Sweden, police in London said Friday that Assange is still wanted there for jumping bail in 2012.
Assange, 45, who denied committing any sex offenses related to allegations made by two women in Sweden in 2010, has been holed up in the embassy since June 2012.
Assange’s lawyer, Per Samuelson, called the development “a total victory”.
He said he hoped now for a dialogue with United Kingdom authorities who have not yet given a clear answer on whether or not he will be extradited to the U.S. if he leaves the embassy.
“This is a matter that’s gone beyond anything I’m aware of”, Sessions said at the time.
He said Assange had convinced Swedish prosecutors during a November meeting past year that he was not guilty of any sex offences. This is a lesser charge, but London police said that they will surely arrest him if he made a decision to leave the country.
But she said that if Assange returns to Sweden before the statute of limitations lapses in 2020, then an investigation could be reopened.
“The investigation against Julian Assange is discontinued”, read a statement put out by Director of Public Prosecution Ms. Marianne Ny.
“I will take on the responsibility of inviting Mr. Assange to leave the Ecuadorean embassy at the latest 30 days after the start of our government”, Lasso told Reuters back in February.
Barry Pollack, an attorney in Washington representing Assange, said the British should allow Assange to travel to Ecuador.
Assange was granted asylum by Ecuador and has been able to evade justice because he is on Ecuador’s sovereign territory by being in the embassy.
British Prime Minister Theresa May said she won’t interfere with that decision.
In other words, Assange is wanted in the U.S. over the leaking of military and diplomatic documents, and is not leaving the Ecuadorian Embassy anytime soon.
Assange is guilty of not surrendering to the court, which is punishable by a year in prison or a fine.