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  • WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange makes a speech from the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy, in central London, Britain February 5, 2016.

    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange makes a speech from the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy, in central London, Britain February 5, 2016. | Photo: Reuters

Published 20 May 2019

“I request the District Court to detain Assange in his absence, on probable cause suspected for rape (less serious crime). If the court decides to detain him, I will issue a European Arrest Warrant concerning surrender to Sweden."

Swedish prosectors have filed a request with their district courts Monday to detain Wikileaks founder Julian Assange as part of their ongoing investigation into sexual assault allegations. 

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In an announcement this morning, the deputy director of public prosecutions in Sweden said: “I request the District Court to detain Assange in his absence, on probable cause suspected for rape (less serious crime). If the court decides to detain him, I will issue a European Arrest Warrant concerning surrender to Sweden."

Assange was evicted from the Ecuadorean Embassy in April and then arrested by the British authorities. The Wikileaks founder was later sentenced to 50 weeks in prison. 

On Sunday, the newspaper El Pais reported that Ecuador would provide the US with Assange's mobile phones, computers, memory cards, and other data storage devices following a search in the room where he used to live for almost seven years.

The office of Ecuador's attorney general informed Assange's lawyer Carlos Poveda about this decision.

In turn, the coordinator of his defence in court, Baltasar Garson, said that the decision of the Ecuadorian party completely violates the institution of asylum.

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