Julian Assange finds himself in more trouble. Swedish prosecutors have issued an international and European arrest warrant (EAW) for WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange in connection with rape allegations. The “Red Notice” can be seen HERE. Assange denies the rape allegations and called it consensual sex. However, a Swedish Appeals court upheld the warrant. Assange’s attorney, Mark Stephens, has described the allegations as “false and without basis” and claims that the charges are a part of a smear campaign.
Interpol wanted notice for Julian Assange
The WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, is tonight facing growing legal problems around the world, with the US announcing that it was investigating whether he had violated its espionage laws.
Assange’s details were also added to Interpol’s worldwide wanted list. Dated 30 November, the entry reads: “sex crimes” and says the warrant has been issued by the international public prosecution office in Gothenburg, Sweden. “If you have any information contact your national or local police.” It reads: “Wanted: Assange, Julian Paul,” and gives his birthplace as Townsville, Australia.
But Assange’s most pressing headache is Sweden. Swedish prosecutors have issued an international and European arrest warrant (EAW) for him in connection with rape allegations, and the warrant has been upheld by a Swedish appeal court.
Assange strongly denies any wrongdoing but admits having unprotected but consensual encounters with two women during a visit to Sweden in August.
Mark Stephens, his London-based lawyer, has described the allegations as “false and without basis”, adding that they amount to persecution as part of a cynical smear campaign.
Nonetheless, the Swedes appear determined to force Assange back to Sweden for questioning. Stockholm’s director of public prosecutions, Marianne Ny, said last month: “So far, we have not been able to meet with him to accomplish the interrogation.”
No charges have been brought yet against Julian Assange for the WikiLeaks release of classified documents.