As­sange ques­tioned at Ecuadorean Em­bassy in London

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS -

LONDON (AP): WIK­ILEAKS FOUNDER Ju­lian As­sange was be­ing ques­tioned by pros­e­cu­tors yes­ter­day at the Ecuadorean Em­bassy in London about pos­si­ble sex­ual mis­con­duct com­mit­ted in Swe­den six years ago.

As­sange was be­ing in­ter­viewed at the em­bassy where he sought refuge more than four years ago. The ques­tion­ing was be­ing led by an Ecuadorean pros­e­cu­tor in the pres­ence of Swedish pros­e­cu­tor In­grid Is­gren and a Swedish po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tor.

Pros­e­cu­tors planned to ask As­sange to con­sent to pro­vid­ing a DNA sam­ple.

Swedish of­fi­cials are seek­ing in­for­ma­tion re­lated to al­le­ga­tions of se­ri­ous mis­con­duct made by two Swedish women he met in 2010. Some of the al­leged mis­con­duct is no longer be­ing in­ves­ti­gated by po­lice be­cause of the statute of lim­i­ta­tions.

QUES­TIONS

He is, how­ever, be­ing ques­tioned about a pos­si­ble rape of one of the women who com­plained to au­thor­i­ties. He has not been in­dicted.

Pros­e­cu­tors said yes­ter­day that no im­me­di­ate de­ci­sion on the future of As­sange’s case would be made.

They also said no pub­lic state­ments would be made af­ter the

AS­SANGE

ques­tion­ing, which may last sev­eral days.

As­sange’s Swedish defence lawyer, Per Sa­muels­son, told Swedish me­dia that he has “high hopes” that the case will be closed once pros­e­cu­tors have com­pleted the in­ter­view. He com­plained that he has been barred from the hear­ing, de­spite ar­gu­ing that As­sange’s Swedish lawyer must be per­mit­ted to take part.

“I’m not on the list of per­sons that Ecuador has drawn up and al­lowed to be present,” Sa­muels­son told Swedish national broad­caster SVT. “An Ecuadorean lawyer has taken up this ques­tion as a for­mal is­sue in the in­tro­duc­tion of the hear­ing.”

As­sange has de­nied sex­ual wrong­do­ing and says he fears be­ing ex­tra­dited to the US be­cause of his Wik­iLeaks work. It is not known if he faces a se­cret grand jury in­dict­ment in the US.

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