A Swedish court has ruled that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is now jailed in Britain and suspected of rape in Sweden, shouldn’t be detained in absentia.
Monday’s ruling by the Uppsala District Court doesn’t mean a preliminary investigation in Sweden should be abandoned, only that Assange wouldn’t be extradited and could be questioned in Britain.
Last month, the 47-year-old Assange was evicted from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London where he had been holed up with political asylum since 2012. He was then immediately arrested by British police on April 11 and is currently serving a 50-week sentence in Britain for jumping bail in 2012.
The Swedish case involves an allegation of rape based on an incident in August 2010. Assange also faced allegations of sexual misconduct resulting from the Swedish trip, but the statute of limitations on those charges expired during his yearslong residency at the embassy.
Swedish authorities reopened the rape investigation last month after Assange finally left the embassy.
Assange, from Australia, is also fighting extradition to the U.S., which accuses him of publishing secret documents.