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Swedish prosecutor speaks about probe into Assange's sexual assault allegation

Swedish prosecutor speaks about probe into Assange's sexual assault allegation”

He took refuge at the Ecuadorian embassy in London in June 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden.

Earlier this month, Assange was jailed for 50 weeks for breaching his bail after going into hiding in the Ecuadorian embassy in London while he was wanted over allegations of sexual offences.

Eva-Marie Persson, Sweden's deputy director of public prosecutions, told a news conference in Stockholm that "there is still a probable cause to suspect that Assange committed a rape".

Mr Assange is accused of raping a woman in 2010.

Under Swedish law, they have until next year to pursue the case.

Immediately after his arrest in April, US authorities made a request for his extradition in a case relating to a WikiLeaks release of sensitive military and diplomatic documents.

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He is already facing the possibility of being extradited to the United States on charges of conspiring to break into a classified government computer. He is accused of participating in one of the largest ever leaks of government secrets, which could result in a prison term of up to five years.

After his dramatic arrest last month, he was taken to Westminster Magistrates' Court and found guilty of a British charge of breaching bail.

The Ecuadorian government will pass to Washington documents of WikiLeaks founder Assange that are now kept in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where Assange was residing from 2012 and until his arrest in April, according to El Pais newspaper.

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Assange had also faced investigation for a second sex-related allegation, which was dropped in 2015 because time had run out.

"Its reopening will give Julian a chance to clear his name", Mr Hrafnsson said.

How does the extradition process work?

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