Swedish court rules not to seek detention of Julian Assange

Swedish court rules not to seek detention of Julian Assange

Julian Assange is currently serving a 50-week sentence in Belmarsh Prison

Monday, June 3, 2019

A Swedish court has ruled that it will not seek the detention of Julian Assange in relation to a suspected rape case.

Monday's ruling by the Uppsala District Court does not mean a preliminary investigation in Sweden should be abandoned, only that Assange would not be extradited and could be questioned in Britain.

Last month, the 47-year-old was evicted from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London where he had been residing with political asylum since 2012.

He was then immediately arrested by UK police on April 11 and is currently serving a 50-week sentence for jumping bail in 2012.

Assange is also fighting against extradition to the United States over allegations that he conspired to break into a classified Pentagon computer, but failed to appear in court on Thursday.

Assange did not appear at the five-minute hearing on Thursday, with his lawyer Gareth Peirce saying he was "not very well".

Chief magistrate Emma Arbuthnot set a date of June 12 for the next hearing, saying it will be held at Belmarsh prison.

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