Swedish prosecutors re-open rape case against Assange

May 13, 2019, 6:31 AM EDT
WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange is currently held in a jail in London.
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Swedish prosecutors have re-opened a preliminary investigation into a rape allegation against WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange, who was abruptly evicted from the Ecuadorean embassy in London last month.

Prosecutors had dropped the investigation against Assange back in 2017, citing inability to pursue the case as long as he remained sheltered in the Ecuadorean embassy, writes the BBC. Assange has been sentenced to 50 weeks in prison for violating the conditions of his bail and is currently held in a jail in London.

Assange, 47, is also accused of illegally accessing and releasing sensitive U.S. military and diplomatic documents in 2010, notes The Guardian. The U.S. authorities have already requested for Assange’s extradition, and it remains to be seen as to which country he will be handed over. WikiLeaks issued a statement saying that the re-opening of the rape case would give Assange an opportunity to clear his name.