13 March 2015
Sweden Requests Assange Interview in London
The prosecutor requests to interview Assange in London
Director of Public Prosecution Marianne Ny has today made a request to Julian
Assanges legal representatives whether Assange would consent to being
interviewed in London and have his DNA taken via a swab.
If Assange gives his consent, the prosecutor will promptly submit a request
for legal assistance to the British authorities to further continue the
investigation. English law states that a person being interviewed within
the regulation of international legal assistance in a criminal case must
also provide his or her consent. A request will also be sent to the Ecuadorian
authorities regarding permission to perform investigative measures at the
countrys embassy in London.
The reason the prosecutor now decides to request permission to interview
Julian Assange in London is chiefly that a number of the crimes Julian Assange
is suspected of will be subject to statute of limitation in August 2015 i.e.
in less than six months time.
-The Supreme Court of England and Wales decided in June 2012 that Julian
Assange should be surrendered to Sweden. He has prevented this submission
by taking refuge at the Ecuadorian embassy, says Director of Public Prosecution
- My view has always been that to perform an interview with him at the Ecuadorian
embassy in London would lower the quality of the interview, and that he would
need to be present in Sweden in any case should there be a trial in the future.
This assessment remains unchanged. Now that time is of the essence, I have
viewed it therefore necessary to accept such deficiencies to the investigation
and likewise take the risk that the interview does not move the case forward,
particularly as there are no other measures on offer without Assange being
present in Sweden, says Marianne Ny.
In November 2014 the Svea Court of Appeal decided that Julian Assange should
remain detained in his absence. The Court further viewed the investigation
to be at a standstill and stated that the prosecutor had not fully fulfilled
the duty the drive the investigation forward.
- Over the past two months we have fully considered and deliberated upon
the views made by the Court of Appeal regarding how best to move the
investigation forward. This has resulted in the decision I have now taken,
namely to try to get permission for an interview in London. As stated, it
remains unclear what this may result in. However, I have now decided to try
to carry out an interview as the statutory limitation nears, says Marianne
If Julian Assange provides consent to continue the investigation in London,
this will be performed by the supporting prosecutor to the case, Chief Prosecutor
Ingrid Isgren, together with a police officer.
- I cannot comment further on the case at this point, not least when such
an interview will take place nor other details, says Marianne Ny.
Julian Assange has appealed the Court of Appeals detention order to
the Supreme Court, which recently requested the Prosecutor-General to submit
an opinion concerning the Courts subsequent dealing of the matter.