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Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. He wrote: 'The charges are without basis and their issue at this moment is deeply disturbing'. Photograph: Scanpix Sweden/Reuters Swedish authorities have withdrawn an arrest warrant for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange , stating that the accusation of rape against him was unfounded.
The Swedish Prosecution Authority is an independent organisation. It is independent from both the courts and the police.The Prosecution Authority, like all other Swedish authorities, is not a department in the Ministry of Justice or any other ministry. The role of the Swedish prosecutor Compared with many other countries, the Swedish prosecutor is very powerful. The prosecutor conducts both the investigation and brings the case to court. Swedish prosecutors have three main duties: • to lead and direct the preliminary investigations of crime • to make decisions on prosecution issues • to appear in court to process actions in criminal cases
[a followup post on this story is available here] The "why" of the quickly-withdrawn 'case' against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange seems clear enough--it has all the initial indicators of a fabricated attempt to defame him. But the "how" of this attempt is murky. Here's an admittedly rough translation of part of the Swedish Prosecution Authority FAQ on their actions to date regarding Assange (Google translation edited for clarity):
21 August 2010 Last updated at 11:22 GMT Julian Assange was cited as saying the release of the allegations was "deeply disturbing" Swedish authorities say they have issued an arrest warrant for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, on accusations of rape and molestation. The warrant was issued late on Friday, said Karin Rosander, communications head at Sweden's prosecutors' office.
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Wikileaks founder Julian Assange said: 'I have been accused of various things in recent years, but nothing so serious as this.' Photograph: Scanpix Sweden/Reuters The founder of WikiLeaks , Julian Assange, was himself the subject of a rapidly spreading online story when news cascaded across the internet for several hours at the weekend mistakenly saying he was being sought in Sweden on rape charges.
The WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange , is tonight facing growing legal problems around the world, with the US announcing that it was investigating whether he had violated its espionage laws . Assange's details were also added to Interpol's worldwide wanted list. Dated 30 November, the entry reads: "sex crimes" and says the warrant has been issued by the international public prosecution office in Gothenburg, Sweden. "If you have any information contact your national or local police." It reads: " Wanted: Assange, Julian Paul," and gives his birthplace as Townsville, Australia . Friends said earlier that Assange was in a buoyant mood, however, despite the palpable fury emanating from Washington over the decision by WikiLeaks to start publishing more than a quarter of a million mainly classified US cables.
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Yesterday Alexander Cockburn reminded us of the news Israel Shamir and Paul Bennett broke at Counterpunch in September. Julian Assange’s chief accuser in Sweden has a significant history of work with anti-Castro groups, at least one of which is US funded and openly supported by a former CIA agent convicted in the mass murder of seventy three Cubans on an airliner he was involved in blowing up. Anna Ardin (the official complainant) is often described by the media as a “leftist”. She has ties to the US-financed anti-Castro and anti-communist groups.
Former justice minister Thomas Bodström and former prime minister Göran Persson have been reported to the Riksdag's constitutional committee over the expulsion of two terror suspects Sweden to Egypt in 2001. <iframe id="4fb36f8e4417f" name="4fb36f8e4417f" src="http://d.thelocal.com/w/1.0/afr?auid=221323&cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" width="300" height="250"><a href="http://d.thelocal.com/w/1.0/rc?cs=4fb36f8e4417f&cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE" ><img src="http://d.thelocal.com/w/1.0/ai?auid=221323&cs=4fb36f8e4417f&cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE" border="0" alt=""></a></iframe> The case has has already been subjected to investigation by the committee, but new details published in book released on Monday cast doubt on the details surrounding the extradition.
Thomas Lennart Bodström (born 9 April 1962) is a Swedish politician and member of the Swedish Social Democratic Party . He was the Swedish Minister for Justice in the two last succeeding governments of the Swedish Prime Minister Göran Persson , from 2000 to 2006. Since October 2006 until October 2010 he was the chairman of the Riksdags committee for juridical issues. When the new parliament, that was elected in 2010, was inaugurated, Bodström lost his position as a committee chairman. Bodström shortly afterwards requested half time leave of absence from his seat in the parliament combined with half time parental leave in order to relocate to USA together with his family. His request for leave of absence was denied by the Social Democratic group leader in the parliament and Bodström have thus left his seat in the Parliament.