Information on the Assange matter in connection with statement from UN Working Group

Further to the recently issued statement from the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, the Swedish Prosecution Authority makes the following statement.

On 11 May 2015 the Swedish Supreme Court, after examining the facts in the case, decided that Julian Assange should still be detained in his absence.

Since March 2015, the prosecutor responsible for the case has attempted to interview Julian Assange at Ecuador’s embassy in London. It has not yet been possible to conduct the interview as the relevant Ecuadorian authority has not granted permission.

In view of the progress of a case, a prosecutor shall continuously consider whether a decision on detention should stand.

The statement from the Working Group has no formal impact on the ongoing investigation, according to Swedish law.

The prosecutor responsible for the case is on a journey and has not yet been able to take a position on the latest development. Should new information emerge, it will be published. At the moment, the prosecutor is not available for comments.

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