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Swedish Prosecutors Drop Julian Assange Rape Investigation After Seven Years

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Swedish prosecutors say they will drop a preliminary investigation into an allegation of sexual assault against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, bringing to an end a seven-year legal stand-off.

"Chief Prosecutor Marianne Ny has today decided to discontinue the preliminary investigation regarding suspected rape concerning Julian Assange," a statement read.

Assange, 45, has lived in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London since 2012, after taking refuge there to avoid extradition to Sweden over the allegation of sexual assault, which he denies.

The announcement means Assange is no longer under any investigation in Sweden.

British police said before the announcement that Assange was still wanted in Britain for jumping bail, and have confirmed he will be arrested if he leaves the Ecuadorian Embassy.

The allegations stemmed from a 2010 trip Assange made to Stockholm, where two women claimed that in separate instances they had consensual sex with Assange that became non-consensual when he refused to wear a condom.

Assange has vigorously denied the claims, and in a statement acquired by the ABC in December, told prosecutors he had been subjected to "six years of unlawful, politicised detention without charge".

"I want people to know the truth about how abusive this process has been," Assange said in releasing the statement.

www.abc.net.au/news/2017-05-19/swedish-prosecutors-end-investigation-into-assange-allegations/8542998

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