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Swedish prosecutors drop Assange sexual assault probe

/ 06:17 PM August 13, 2015

STOCKHOLM, Sweden — Swedish prosecutors said on Thursday they had dropped a sexual assault probe against Julian Assange because the time limit on the case had expired.

Some of the allegations against the WikiLeaks founder — who has been holed up at Ecuador’s London embassy since 2012 to avoid extradition — have reached their statute of limitations after five years.

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“Now that the statute of limitations has expired on certain offenses, I am obliged to drop part of the investigation,” prosecutor Marianne Ny said, adding she still wanted to question the Australian on a more serious rape claim.

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