The rape charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange were dropped on Tuesday 19 November by the Swedish package. That’s what the deputy prosecutor in charge of the case announced.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is no longer facing a prison sentence in the alleged rape case he is facing long before his arrest last May at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. At a press conference on Tuesday, the deputy prosecutor in charge of the case said she dropped the charges. “I called this press conference to announce my decision to close the investigation” on the Australian, said Deputy Chief Prosecutor Eva-Marie Persson. “All investigative acts have been exhausted (…) without providing the evidence required for a conviction,” she adds.
Julian Assange was charged with sexual assault in Sweden by a woman whose facts date back to 2010 and has never appeared before the Swedish courts. The woman accused the Australian of having sex while she was asleep and without a condom, even though she had refused to have unprotected sex with him on several occasions. Julian Assange has always denied the facts of the rape, arguing that she was consenting and had agreed not to use a condom. Against all odds, this is the Australian’s first victory.