Sweden won’t appeal decision not to arrest Assange

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FILE – In this file photo dated Wednesday May 1, 2019, buildings are reflected in the window as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is taken from court, where he appeared on charges of jumping British bail seven years ago, in London. 47-year old Assange is expected to appear via a video link at court Friday June 14, 2019, as he continues his fight against extradition to the United States, where he faces prosecution under the Espionage Act. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, FILE)

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STOCKHOLM (AP) — A Swedish prosecutor won’t appeal a decision not to detain WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is now jailed in Britain and suspected of rape in Sweden.

Deputy Chief Prosecutor Eva-Marie Persson said Thursday she planned to carry out “certain supplementary questioning,” but didn’t elaborate.

Earlier this month, a Swedish court ruled that Assange should not be detained, meaning that while a preliminary investigation in Sweden shouldn’t be abandoned, he wouldn’t be extradited and could be questioned in Britain.

In April, Assange was evicted from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London where he had been holed up since 2012. He was immediately arrested and is currently serving a 50-week sentence in Britain for jumping bail in 2012.

He is also fighting extradition to the U.S., which accuses him of publishing secret documents.

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