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Sweden Issues Arrest Warrant For Wikileaks’ Julian Assange: The Full ‘Rape’ Statement

by | 18th, November 2010

JULIAN Assange, an Australian citizen, is wanted in Sweden over allegations that he’s involved in rape , sexual molestation and unlawful coercion .” That rather odd cheese-fed rape case involving, allegedly, Anna Ardin , is back. Has Assange’s reputation been assaulted and given an unwelcome shafting?

The  Wikileaks founder needs to avoid Sweden, unless he want to get his face in the limelight some more? Assange’s lawyer Mark Stephens says the allegations are “false and without basis”. Stephens works at London law firm Finers Stephens Innocent LLP. He’s a brief who has represented the author Salman Rushdie and is expert in US defamation and reputation management.

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His full statement:

On the morning of 21 August 2010, my client, Julian Assange, read in the Swedish tabloid newspaper Expressen that there was a warrant out for his arrest relating to allegations of “rape” involving two Swedish women.

However, even the substance of the allegations, as revealed to the press through unauthorized disclosures do not constitute what any advanced legal system considers to be rape; as various media outlets have reported “the basis for the rape charge” purely seems to constitute a post-facto dispute over consensual, but unprotected sex days after the event. Both women have declared that they had consensual sexual relations with our client and that they continued to instigate friendly contact well after the alleged incidents. Only after the women became aware of each other’s relationships with Mr. Assange did they make their allegations against him.

The warrant for his arrest was rightly withdrawn within 24 hours by Chief prosecutor Eva Finne, who found that there was no “reason to suspect that he has committed rape.” Yet his name had already been deliberately and unlawfully disclosed to the press by Swedish authorities. The “rape” story was carried around the world and has caused Mr. Assange and his organization irreparable harm.

Eva Finne’s decision to drop the “rape” investigation was reversed after the intervention of a political figure, Claes Borgstrom, who is now acting for the women. The case was given to a specific prosecutor, Marianne Ny.

The only way the accused and his lawyers have been able

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