14 May 2019

Sweden reopens rape case against Julian Assange

From Morning Report, 6:12 am on 14 May 2019

Swedish prosecutors say they will reopen a rape investigation against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange and seek his extradition. Mr Assange denies the charges and has avoided extradition for seven years after seeking refuge in the Ecuadorean embassy in London. He was jailed last month for breaching his bail conditons and also faces extradition to the US for his alleged role in releasing classified military material. Sweden's Deputy Chief Prosecutor Eva-Marie Persson (pair-shon) says she will start court proceedings today with a view to extraditing Mr Assange when he's released in Britain. Josephine Freje is with Radio Sweden. She talks to Susie Ferguson.