Julian Assange: Sweden to reopen rape cases and seek extradition

Julian Assange Arrested

Julian Assange: Sweden to reopen rape allegations


Al-Sahawat Times

This story is currently developing. Further updates will follow

To be notified of developments as they break

 Al-Sahawat Times | Ethical Global News from Oman and UAE | Donate HERE

Breaking News  Updates to follow

Sweden has announced it is consulting prosecutors on reopening sexual assault and rape allegations against Julian Assange and seek extradition from the UK.

This would put Sweden in an extradition conflict with the US.

As Sweden applied for extradition originally in 2012 and are able to rush through an EU arrest warrant, Sweden under international protocol would take priority over the US.

The US indicated that if this were to happen they would seek extradition AFTER Assange has served full sentence in Sweden.

Assange must also first serve full sentence in the UK for breach of bail (up to 12 months) and resisting arrest (yet to be formally charged).

This means the 47 year old could spend many years in British, Swedish and US prisons.


Al-Sahawat Times George Galloway discussing Julian Assange on social media

Source: Instagram


This argument is in essence about public interest bs ethical or indeed legal sources.

The US is arguing that Wikileaks is not a licensed news-media outlet but a “non state intelligence agency”.

If it is to be seen as a news-media outlet then informing the public of crimes against humanity is its public duty. But it may be argued the methods used to obtain this information were unethical at best and illegal at worst.

The real concern for journalists around the world is that it appears to demonstrate that they can be arrested and prosecuted for insulting a nation even if they are not present in that state physically.


Since you’re here …

… we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading Al-Sahawat Times than ever but advertising revenues across the global media industry are falling fast. And unlike many news organisations, we haven’t put up a total paywall. We want to keep our journalism as open as we can. So you can see why we need to ask for your help. Al-Sahawat Times’ independent, investigative journalism takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. But we do it because we believe truly ethical media and an unbias perspective really matters.

“I appreciate there not being a paywall: it is more democratic for the media to be available for all and not a commodity to be purchased by a few. I’m happy to make a contribution so others with less means still have access to information.”

If everyone who reads our reporting, who likes it, helps fund it, the future of ethical media and the futures of our staff and their families would be much more secure. For as little as £1, you can support Al-Sahawat Times and it only takes a minute. Thank you.


This story is available on:


Talk to a journalist

Email: NewsDesk@alsahawat.com

Web: alsahawat.com

Follow Al-Sahawat Times

Visit Us On FacebookVisit Us On TwitterVisit Us On LinkedinVisit Us On YoutubeVisit Us On Instagram
Read it on Apple News

?Read it on FLIPBOARD


Views: 0

About the Author

Omar Bishara
Journalist, Broadcast News Correspondent and Photojournalist