Julian Assange may still face rape charge in Sweden, prosecutors say

Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova

The dramatic end to his asylum has sparked curiosity about his seven-year stay inside Ecuador's embassy in London that officials say was marked by skateboarding and harassment of his caretakers. Assange was arrested earlier Thursday at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, and the USA has charged him with conspiring with former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to break into a classified government computer at the Pentagon.

Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange, who is now in custody in the United Kingdom, is facing a possible renewal of an allegation of rape in Sweden.

The comments came after more than 70 Parliamentarians signed a letter to Home Secretary Sajid Javid urging the Government to ensure Assange faces Swedish authorities if they request his extradition.

Sweden suspended its investigation of serious sexual misconduct two years ago because Assange was beyond their reach while at the embassy. Assange is now in Belmarsh Prison in southeast London, waiting to be sentenced for jumping bail in Britain and facing an extradition request from the United States on charges of conspiring to break into a Pentagon computer.

The MPs note that the investigation in Sweden was "discontinued only because of Assange's unavailability" while he was inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

"A kneejerk response that presumes that hacking is acceptable if the perpetrators can claim that their motives were journalistic is particularly unsafe when it emanates from those aspiring to become prime minister or home secretary, such as Jeremy Corbyn and Diane Abbott".

After getting the boot, Assange was taken to a London court where he was found guilty of failing to surrender.

But Ecuador withdrew his asylum status and allowed British police into the embassy on Thursday to arrest the white-bearded Assange.

Assange denies both allegations.

"In this case, the suspected crime of rape would be subject to statute of limitation in mid-August 2020". One of them is just the effort of governments-and it's not just the USA government.

Assange is due to face a hearing over his possible extradition to the USA on May 2.

Elisabeth Massi Fritz, the lawyer for the woman who reported being raped by Assange, told The Associated Press that she would "do everything" to have the Swedish case reopened so Assange can be extradited to Sweden and prosecuted. The single charge of computer intrusion conspiracy carries up to five years in prison, though the Justice Department can add additional charges depending on the evidence it gathers.

However, legal experts have said the Government has very limited powers to block extradition even if there is the political will to do so.

The United States will nearly certainly ask for him to be extradited to the States but Assange has said that he will fight an extradition order. He also sought refuge because of fears that Sweden would ultimately extradite him to the U.S.

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