Sweden to reopens WikiLeaks founder rape investigation

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Sweden to reopens WikiLeaks founder rape investigation

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange attends a seminar at the Swedish Trade Union Confederation headquarters in Stockholm in this August 14, 2010 file photo. (Xinhua/Reuters File Photo)


The Swedish Prosecution Authority said on Wednesday it would reopen a rape investigation against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Marianne Ny, Director of Public Prosecution, has made the decision on the request for a review of the case.

"Considering information available at present, my judgment is that the classification of the crime is rape. The basis for further considerations is not sufficient at the moment. More investigations are necessary before a final decision can be made," she said in a statement.

Ny also decided to expand the ongoing sexual molestation investigation to include all allegations continued in the original police report.

"There is reason to believe that a crime has been committed. Based on the information available, the crimes in question come under the heading of sexual coercion and sexual molestation, respectively," she said.

Swedish Prosecution Authority issued the warrant on August 20 based on "one report of rape and one report of molestation." But it canceled the warrant one day later, saying the rape suspicion against him was unfounded.


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