Sweden to reapply over Assange interview

  • 22/01/2016
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (Reuters)
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (Reuters)

Ecuador has asked Sweden to submit a new application over the questioning of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in London.

Swedish prosecutors say Ecuador has informed Sweden in a letter it will conduct the interview of the Australian and has asked for a list of questions they want answered.

"At the moment, we consider if it affects the possibilities to conduct the investigative matters and, if that is case, we shall submit a renewed request," Director of Public Prosecution Marianne Ny said in a statement on Thursday (local time).

Assange, 44, took refuge at Ecuador's embassy in London in June 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning over allegations, which he denies, that he committed rape in 2010.

Assange says he fears Sweden will extradite him to the United States.

Ecuador's president Rafael Correa said on Wednesday he expected Assange to be questioned by Ecuadorean authorities in the next few days.

Ecuador's Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino added that Swedish judicial authorities had shown "real lack of respect" by sending a questionnaire with some sections crossed out by hand, and a new version had been requested before the case could proceed.

AAP