Swedish prosecutors are set to re-open investigations of rape allegations levelled against founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange.
This was confirmed by Sweden’s Deputy Chief Prosecutor, Eva-Marie Persson who said the case will be re-opened during a press conference in Stockholm.
According to Persson, circumstances now allow for an extradition to Sweden from Britain and a new interview with Assange should be held.
In 2010 an arrest warrant was issued for Assange for two separate allegations – one of rape and one of molestation – after he visited Sweden for a speaking trip.
Assange launched a legal battle against extradition to Sweden from the UK but when that failed he entered the Ecuadorian embassy in London in 2012, requesting political asylum.
He remained there until he was arrested and forcibly removed by British police in April.
Earlier this month, Assange was jailed for 50 weeks for breaching his bail after going into hiding in the Ecuadorian embassy in London while he was wanted over allegations of sexual offences.
His eviction from the embassy on 11 April came after a souring of relations, with Ecuador’s president Lenin Moreno claiming the Australian had tried to use the Knightsbridge site for spying.
Hours later he was taken to Westminster Magistrates’ Court, where he was found guilty of the bail breach, which came when he failed to surrender to police on 29 June, 2012.