A Swedish prosecutor still aims to question Wikileaks founder Julian Assange over a rape allegation in Sweden, despite a UN report condemning Sweden for his ‘arbitrary detention’.
“Concerning the report that was issued last week, I would like to state that it does not change my earlier assessments in the investigation,” Marianne Ny said in a statement on Tuesday.
Assange, who faces a rape allegation in Sweden, urged Britain and Sweden to let him walk free from Ecuador’s London embassy after aUN panel found on Friday he had been “arbitrarily detained”.
The 44-year-old Australian, who has been in the embassy for approaching four years, has refused to go to Sweden, fearing deportation to the United States over Wikileaks’ release of 500,000 secret military files.
UN’s Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, an independent panel of experts, ruled in a statement on Friday that the Australian former hacker had been “arbitrarily detained by the governments of Sweden and the United Kingdom”.
The panel demanded in its statement that Assange’s detention “should be brought to an end, that his physical integrity and freedom of movement be respected, and that he should be entitled to an enforceable right to compensation.”