After more than 6 years of essentially being held hostage, Assange finally is heard by a Swedish prosecutor regarding allegations he sexually assaulted two women in the country six years ago. Assange denies all allegations and some were dropped last year but sweden kept Assange’s warrant in place requiring that he take asylum in Ecuador.
There have been 3 days set aside for questioning but unfortunately according to Wikileaks, “there had been numerous irregularities in the Swedish investigation. Unfortunately, the irregularities with procedure have continued today.” Which means that Sweden is once again in clear “breach of process”. The following days should prove to be really interesting.
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) November 13, 2016
The Guardian had this to say:
A senior Swedish prosecutor has begun interviewing Julian Assange at Ecuador’s embassy in London, six years after a woman in Stockholm accused the WikiLeaks of rape.
Ingrid Isgren, Sweden’s deputy chief prosecutor, arrived at 9.30am on Monday at the central London embassy where Assange has been confined since June 2012.
Assange sought asylum from Ecuador to avoid extradition to Sweden over the accusation, which he denies.
Isgren was greeted by dozens of photographers, international TV crews and a small number of the Australian’s supporters, who unfurled banners and chanted their support. She paused briefly for photographs but did not speak to reporters.
Prosecutors have said they will not comment while the investigation is ongoing.
Three days have been set aside for the interview, which is being conducted by an Ecuadorian prosecutor, following a list of questions submitted earlier this year by the Swedish prosecution authority.
Isgren is allowed to ask Assange to clarify his answers, but not to put additional questions, and will receive a written transcript of the exchanges from Ecuador after the interview has concluded. Her office has said it will seek to take a DNA sample from Assange if he agrees.
Assange’s Swedish lawyer, Per Samuelson, said he had been barred from the interview. “Ecuador refuses to let me in and insists that the questioning will continue without my presence, against my client’s wishes to have me there,” he told Reuters.
Samuelson said he still hoped to be admitted if the interview continued, “but a good chunk of questioning has already taken place, as far as I understand”.
In a statement released on Monday night, WikiLeaks said there had been “numerous irregularities” in the Swedish investigation. “Unfortunately, the irregularities with procedure have continued today,” it said, citing the fact that Samuelson had not been permitted to attend, which it called a “clear breach of process”.
It said Assange “felt compelled to participate even with these problems”.