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    Swedish Prosecution Authority to Interview Assange on November 14 - Statement

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    Prosecutors will interview WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London next Monday, November 14, on accusations of sexual assault allegedly committed in Sweden, the Swedish Prosecution Authority said in a statement Monday.

    "Ecuador has granted the Swedish request for legal assistance in criminal matters and the interview will be conducted by an Ecuadorian prosecutor. The Swedish assistant prosecutor, Chief Prosecutor Ingrid Isgren, and a Swedish police investigator have been allowed to be present at the interview. Providing Julian Assange gives his consent, a DNA sample will also be taken," the statement read.

    It was further noted that the a written statement containing the results of the interview will be sent from Ecuador to the Swedish prosecutors.

    The statement quoted Director of Prosecution Marianne Ny, who is responsible for the investigation, saying: "I welcome the fact that the investigation can now move forward via an interview with the suspect."

    Assange has been residing at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London since 2012 for fear of being extradited to Sweden where he has been accused of rape. He denies the allegations sexual assault, claiming they are organized by Washington to hand him over to the United States where he is wanted for leaking thousands of top-secret military documents.

    The Swedish Court of Appeal upheld Assange's detention order in September despite a UN working group ruling earlier this year that his de-facto incarceration was arbitrary.

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    prosecution, DNA, investigation, Swedish Court of Appeal, Swedish Prosecution Authority, Marianne Ny, Julian Assange, Sweden, Ecuador
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