Julian Assange: The real questions now fall on Ecuador, says lawyer


A rape case has been dropped against Julian Assange (Stock image)

Friday, May 19, 2017

A former Government lawyer has suggested Ecuador now faces real questions after Sweden dropped its rape investigation into Julian Assange.

Carl Gardner made the comments after Sweden's director of public prosecutions said there were no further avenues to explore in the country's investigation into Assange. However the Wikileaks founder still faces a charge of jumping bail in the UK.

The Met Police has said it is obliged to arrest Assange if he steps foot outside the Ecuadorian Embassy, where he has been holed up for the past five years.

Thus Gardner said the Ecuadorians have an interesting decision to make about letting him leave their embassy, as technically the country has granted him asylum.

Gardner isn't sure the Americans will make a request to extradite him now, but claimed there had never previously been a request.

Listen to the full interview above