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Swedish prosecutors to quiz Julian Assange inside Ecuadorean embassy

Alan Jones, Press Association Industrial Correspondent



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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will be questioned by Swedish prosecutors inside the Ecuadorean embassy in London, in a possible breakthrough to the impasse over his case.

The Ecuadorian attorney general delivered a document agreeing to a request by the Swedish prosecutor to question Mr Assange.

He is wanted for questioning over a sex allegation, which he denies, and believes he will be taken to the United States to be quizzed over the activities of WikiLeaks if he goes to Sweden.
Mr Assange has been living inside the embassy for over four years and has been granted political asylum by Ecuador.

He has offered to be questioned inside the embassy but the Swedish prosecutors only recently agreed. 
A statement issued in Ecuador said: "In the coming weeks a date will be established for the proceedings to be held at the Embassy of Ecuador in the United Kingdom.
"For more than four years, the government of Ecuador has offered to co-operate in facilitating the questioning of Julian Assange in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, as well as proposing other political and legal measures, in order to reach a satisfactory solution for all parties involved in the legal case against Julian Assange, to end the unnecessary delays in the process and to ensure full and effective legal protection.

"In line with this position, Ecuador proposed to Sweden the negotiation of an Agreement on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters, which was signed last December and which provides the legal framework for the questioning."

The statement said the proceedings did not affect the recent opinion of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detentions of the United Nations, which found that Mr Assange was being arbitrarily detained. The working group called for Mr Assange to be released and given compensation for violation of his rights.

The Ecuador statement added: "Ecuador's Foreign Ministry reiterates its commitment to the asylum granted to Julian Assange in August 2012, and reaffirms that the protection afforded by the Ecuadorian state shall continue while the circumstances persist that led to the granting of asylum, namely fears of political persecution."
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Re: Swedish prosecutors to quiz Julian Assange inside Ecuadorean embassy
« Reply #1 on: August 15, 2016, 14:13:29 PM »
It is hard to believe that this will finally happen. If it actually does happen... it is a toss up as to how the turn out will be. A while back I did read that the prosecutor stated at one point that they do have some evidence that is not known to the public.

 Assange is still in complete denial about the whole situation. He is telling people that he has already been cleared, that the UN has already ruled that he was being "detained" illegally. Yet his lawyers are addressing each allegation seriously. Assange is not.

 When this prosecutor or the prosecutor's assistant does truly start asking Assange questions, what is going to happen?? Is he going to refuse to answer, lie, or simply state all the accusations are false and call them all liars?? Is he not even going to attempt to answer any questions in a reasonable way if for any reason to actually defend himself?

 In the end, the prosecutor is within her right to charge him if he is at least under suspicion of having committed a crime. It is up to a prosecutor to decide if there is enough evidence to charge him... it does not have to be enough evidence to prove it beyond a doubt in court.... they just hope they have enough. They may hope that the real proof will reveal itself during the court proceedings and take that risk and go ahead and charge him.

 I can only imagine that this prosecutor is really wanting to charge him.... if for any reason at least to save face from years of torment of the vicious attacks on her integrity. If she walks away from this without charging him, how would it look on her after dragging this out over so many grueling years for everyone involved including the alleged victims?

 Does she have enough to charge him? Does that even matter though? At this point she may just want to charge him for being under suspicion of having committed a crime. If anything just to finally get to charge him. What has she got to lose? The possibility of losing the case eventually in court... who cares? Prosecutors lose cases in court all the time.

 Another complication is even if she does not charge him... the British authorities may be ready to charge him anyway, for jumping bail. He has stated himself, he still can not leave the embassy because the British police will want to arrest him.

 Ecuador has stated above that they are still committed to continuing his asylum... but that was under the initial assessment when it was only Sweden charging him for what Ecuador considered a non crime. How will Ecuador feel if it is the British authorities charging him with a crime?

 This is an interesting drama to say the least.
« Last Edit: August 15, 2016, 14:23:43 PM by Riney »
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Re: Swedish prosecutors to quiz Julian Assange inside Ecuadorean embassy
« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2016, 03:33:14 AM »
Good thoughts Riney.

I sometimes wonder if Julian Assange is realistically informed or knowledgable on what his situation really is. From what I've personally discerned from the media stories and his own statements, his true knowledge of the conditions he may face is mixed with a little denial and unrealistic hope based on some disillusion. But, we shall see. =)
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