NEW DELHI Sweden has reopened a case of alleged rape against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange Monday and may also seek his extradition from the United Kingdom.
The development is expected to delay the efforts by Donald Trump-led United States regime to bring him to face trial in the release of state secret documents.
The preliminary investigation that was dropped in 2017 without charges being brought up now as Assange had then taken refuge in the Ecuadorean embassy in London, Swedish Deputy Chief Prosecutor Eva-Marie Persson said at a press conference.
Assange’s judicial trials include prosecution in the US for public release by Wikileaks of a humongous volume of state documents, including assessments of foreign leaders, wars and matters that were kept secret due to security concerns.
Meanwhile, a British court sentenced him to 50 weeks in prison on for jumping bail when he took refuge in Ecuador’s Embassy in London.
Assange is a 47-year-old Australian national.
Persson added that the Swedish authorities were well aware that the extradition process is already on in the UK, and that he could be extradited to the US.
The term for rape in Sweden is 10 years which would be reached in mid-August next year for the alleged crime.