“In the event of a conflict between a European arrest warrant and extradition to the United States, the British authorities should decide the order of priority,” said the prosecutor. Persson pointed out that the outcome of the trial is “impossible to predict”, but that from his point of view the case in Sweden can proceed simultaneously with those in the United Kingdom.

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The Swedish prosecutor’s office today issued an arrest warrant for alleged rape against the founder of Wikileaks, Julian Assange. Last week the reopening of the case was announced, although it was closed two years ago.

“I asked the Uppsala Court for Assange’s arrest in his absence, suspected of rape to a lesser extent from the probable cause. If the judge decides to sign him, I will issue a European arrest warrant to be delivered to Sweden,” said in a note the deputy prosecutor, Eva-Marie Persson.

The Australian journalist was arrested a month ago by the British police at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he had taken refuge in 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden, after Quito had lifted the asylum. Assange, detained in a maximum security prison, was recently sentenced by a British court to 50 weeks in prison for violating the terms of the supervised freedom in 2012 and awaiting the outcome of the extradition request process in the United States.

The prosecutor said that the Assange case in Sweden has reopened after the situation has changed, as the closure was caused by the inability to promote the cause and not the lack of evidence, in addition to which the Swedish courts have ha concluded on several occasions that suspicions against him are credible.

“In the event of a conflict between a European arrest warrant and extradition to the United States, the British authorities should decide the order of priority,” said today’s prosecutor. Persson pointed out that the outcome of the trial is “impossible to predict”, but that from his point of view the case in Sweden can proceed simultaneously with those in the United Kingdom.