The Swedish investigator driving an examination concerning an assault claim against WikiLeaks originator Julian Assange has recorded a solicitation for him to be confined in absentia.
If truly, the court request would be the initial phase in a procedure to have Assange extradited from England, where he is serving a 50-week sentence for skipping bail.
Sweden revived the assault examination a week ago. It was started in 2010 yet dropped in 2017 after Assange took asylum in the Ecuadorean international safe haven in London.
Assange, who denies the allegation, was captured in London a month ago in the wake of going through seven years inside the embassy.
“I demand the Area Court to detain Assange in his nonappearance, on reasonable justification suspected for assault,” Vice president Examiner Eva-Marie Persson said in an announcement on Monday.
She said she would issue an European capture warrant for Assange to be surrendered to Sweden if the court chose to confine him.
Sweden’s choice to revive the assault examination provides reason to feel ambiguous about where Assange may in the long run end up, with U.S. experts previously looking for his removal over connivance charges identifying with one of the greatest ever holes of characterized information.
A legal advisor representing Assange in Sweden said he would tell the Region Court it couldn’t examine the investigator’s solicitation until he had deliberated with his customer and realized whether he wished to restrict a detainment order.
“Since he is in jail in Britain, it has so far not been conceivable even to address him by phone,” Per Samuelson told Reuters.
Assange, an Australian national, took asylum in the government office in the wake of battling fruitlessly through the English courts to maintain a strategic distance from removal to Sweden.
The English courts should control on the Swedish and U.S. removal demands, with inside priest Sajid Javid having the last say on which one takes precedence.
“The result of this procedure is difficult to foresee,” Persson said. Refering to data from UK specialists, she said Assange would serve 25 weeks of his UK sentence before he could be released.
A English judge has given the U.S. government a due date of June 12 to layout its case against Assange.