Sweden has decided to drop the abduction investigation into Wikileaks architect Julian Assange.
Top prosecutor Marianne Ny said his arrest warrant was being revoked as it was impossible to serve him notice. Mr Assange, 45, has lived in the Ecuadorean agency in London after 2012. He fears contagion to Sweden would lead to contagion to the US where he is wanted over leaks.
Police in London said they would still be appreciative to arrest him if he left. The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) said Mr Assange still faced the decreased charge of arrested to accommodate to a court, an infringement contraband by up to a day in prison or a fine.
But the UK has not commented on whether it has received a contagion appeal from the US, where Mr Assange could face trial over the leaking of hundreds of thousands of secret US military and apt documents.
Mr Assange’s Swedish lawyer, Per Samuelson, said the prosecutor’s decision on Friday represented “a add victory” for his client. But the Wikileaks architect responded angrily in a tweet: “Detained for 7 years without charge… while my children grew up and my name was slandered. I do not forgive or forget.” The accessory in the abduction case was “shocked” by the decision, her lawyer said, and maintained her accusations against Mr Assange, Agence France-Presse reported.
Why has the case been dropped? At a press acquaintance on Friday, Ms Ny said that by age in the agency in London Mr Assange had evaded the activity of the European Arrest Warrant (EAW) that would have seen him extradited to Sweden. She said that under Swedish law a criminal investigation needed to be conducted “as quickly as possible”.
Sweden did not expect Ecuador’s cooperation informally notifying Mr Assange of the allegations against him, a necessary step in acts with the case, she added.