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Assange to be questioned by Swedish prosecutors on sex assault accusations

Cheryl Casone reports from New York

 

Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, will be interviewed over sexual assault allegations, a Swedish prosecutor has said.

He will be interviewed at the Ecuadorian embassy in London on Monday, November 14.

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An Ecuadorean prosecutor and the Swedish deputy prosecutor in the case against him will conduct the interview.

A Swedish police investigator will be allowed to attend.

If Mr Assange agrees, a DNA sample will also be taken, and the results of the interview will be reported to Swedish prosecutors in a statement.

The Swedish Prosecution Authority released a statement today, which said: “After this report, the prosecutors will take a view on the continuation of the investigation.”

Mr Assange is under investigation for an alleged rape in Sweden in 2010. He denies the allegation.

He has been holed up inside the Ecuadorean embassy for more than four years to avoid being extradited to face justice.

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Earlier this month he claimed Hillary Clinton and ISIS are both being funded by the same shadowy groups operating in the Middle East.

The website owner says they have both received money from unnamed groups operating in countries including Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.

A statement issued in Ecuador in August said: “In the coming weeks a date will be established for the proceedings to be held at the Embassy of Ecuador in the United Kingdom.

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“For more than four years, the government of Ecuador has offered to co-operate in facilitating the questioning of Julian Assange in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, as well as proposing other political and legal measures, in order to reach a satisfactory solution for all parties involved in the legal case against Julian Assange, to end the unnecessary delays in the process and to ensure full and effective legal protection.

“In line with this position, Ecuador proposed to Sweden the negotiation of an Agreement on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters, which was signed last December and which provides the legal framework for the questioning.”

This story first appeared in The Sun.