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Assange To Be Questioned Next Week


Julian Assange speaks to the media from a balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London in February.

Julian Assange speaks to the media from a balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London in February.

Sweden's public prosecutor's office says WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will be questioned over long-standing rape accusations at Ecuador's London Embassy on November 14.

"Ecuador has granted the Swedish request for legal assistance in criminal matters and the interview will be conducted by an Ecuadorian prosecutor," the Swedish Prosecution Authority said in a statement on November 7.

The Swedish assistant prosecutor, Chief Prosecutor Ingrid Isgren, and a Swedish police investigator have been permitted to attend the questioning. They will report the findings to the Sweden government.

"A DNA sample will also be taken, provided that Julian Assange agrees to it," the statement added.

The 45-year-old Australian has refused to travel to Sweden for questioning due to concerns that he would then be extradited to the United States over WikiLeaks' release of 500,000 secret military files on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Assange sought refuge in Ecuador's embassy in London in June 2012 amid allegations of rape and sexual assault in Sweden dating back to 2010.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AFP
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