Rape probe against WikiLeaks founder reopened

Written by: Samyuktha
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WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange
Stockholm, Sep 1: The apparent smear campaign against WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, continues as Sweden has now reopened a preliminary investigation into rape charges against the editor of the whistleblowers' webiste.

Announcing the decision to reopen the case in a statement, Sweden's Chief Prosecutor Marianne Ny informed that this decision was taken after a review of the case.

The reopening comes after the case was dismissed last week by Eva Finne, chief prosecutor in Stockholm, who overruled a lower-ranked prosecutor.

Finne said that there was no reason to suspect that Assange had raped a Swedish woman who had reported him to police.

On the woman's lawyer appeal, Ny has now reopened the case.

Overruling a previously finalised decision to only investigate the case as "molestation," which is not a sex offense under Swedish law, Ny said that complaint against Assange should be investigated on suspicion of "sexual coercion and sexual molestation."

WikiLeaks has a server in Sweden and Assange is seeking legal protection for the website.

Assange has denied the allegations stating that these charges were part of a smear campaign launched against him after his website published scores of classified US military documents on war in Afghanistan.

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