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    Swedish Prosecutors Refuse to Appeal Court Ruling on Assange Arrest

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    The arrest warrant would have allowed for an extradition request to be sent to the United Kingdom, where the famous whistleblower is currently being held.

    Deputy Director of Sweden's Public Prosecution Eva-Marie Persson said in a statement that the prosecutor's office would not appeal a court ruling rejecting a formal request for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange to be detained amid a probe into a rape allegation.

    Persson said that the prosecutor is currently focusing on assessing the evidence in the probe by holding complementary interviews.

    Earlier in June, the Uppsala District Court said that Assange's detainment was not a prerequisite for the investigation to proceed.

    Assange is currently serving 50 weeks in a London jail for violating his bail conditions, related to when he claimed asylum inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London to avoid extradition to Sweden on sexual assault charges. Sweden brought rape charges against Assange back in 2010.

    Stockholm is currently seeking to question Assange over an allegation of rape made in 2010.

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