Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been holed up in Ecuador’s London Embassy since 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden as he faces four allegations of sexual assault.
However, the statute of limitation laws in Sweden means that three of those four allegations may never be investigated.
In 2012 Assange was granted asylum by Ecuador after allegations of incidents of sexual assault came to light. The incidents allegedly took place in 2010 with three of the four allegations having a statute of limitation of five years. The fourth, under Swedish law, has a statute of limitations of ten years.
It must be said that Swedish prosecutors haven’t sat around for five years doing nothing. Swedish prosecutors agreed to interview Assange, as part of the investigation into the allegations, at the Ecuadorian Embassy in March of this year. This happened after Assange refused to travel to Sweden to answer questions for fear of being extradited to the USA to face charges pertaining to Wikileaks.
However, the Ecuadorian Embassy did not give permission to the Swedish prosecutors to conduct the interview meaning it didn’t take place.
Now, Swedish prosecutors have only seven days left in which to interview Assange in relation to these charges given that they were filed between 13 and 18 August 2015.
A lot can happen in seven days but Ecuador deciding to rescind Assange’s asylum, or even allow Swedish prosecutors to interview the Australian hacker seems highly unlikely.[Via – Independent]