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Date set for questioning of Assange in rape case

Published 14/09/2016

Swedish officials have agreed that an Ecuadorian investigator can question WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange
Swedish officials have agreed that an Ecuadorian investigator can question WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

An Ecuadorian official will interrogate WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on behalf of Swedish prosecutors next month in the South American country's embassy in London.

Mr Assange is accused of rape in an investigation stemming from his visit to Sweden in 2010.

He denies the allegations and avoided extradition from Britain in 2012 by seeking asylum at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.

Swedish prosecutors said they have received notice from Ecuador that an Ecuadorian prosecutor will question Mr Assange on October 17.

They said Swedish investigators will be allowed to be present and ask follow-up questions through the Ecuadorian prosecutor.

The interrogation has been delayed multiple times as the two countries discussed conditions and timing.

Swedish prosecutors say they need to question Mr Assange before deciding whether to formally charge him.

AP

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