Sweden: No to London trip to hear Assange
23 August 2012, 13:23
Stockholm - Swedish prosecutors on Thursday ruled out travelling to London to question Julian Assange over alleged sex crimes even though the WikiLeaks founder's lawyer said he had key information relating to the matter.
"There is nothing new. We are still waiting for Mr Assange," Helena Ekstrand, spokesperson for the prosecutor's office, said when asked about the comments of Assange's lawyer Baltasar Garzon.
Garzon had told the Australian newspaper Sydney Herald that he has key information relating to the rape claims his client was facing and that it would be a "very good option" for the Swedes to travel to London to take a statement.
Swedish justice's position on the case is not new. The prosecution believes that Assange, who is facing rape and sexual assault allegations from two women from Stockholm, should go to Sweden to give his version of the facts.
Assange, who has been granted political asylum by Quito, is currently holed up in the London embassy of Ecuador to avoid arrest and extradition to Sweden.
He claims if extradited to Sweden, he would be handed over to the United States, where he fears prosecution over WikiLeaks' release of a vast cache of confidential US government files.