WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s seven-year legal standoff is finally over as Swedish prosecutors on Friday decided to drop a rape investigation against him, but U.K. authorities still plans to arrest him if he leaves the Ecuadorian embassy in London where he has been holed up since 2012.
Christophe Marchand, one of Assange’s lawyers, welcomed the suspension and described it as the end of his client’s “nightmare.”
“We have been waiting a long time for this decision. Julian Assange has been a victim of a huge abuse of procedure. We are very pleased and very moved, ” Marchand said.
The Daily Caller reports:
Prosecutor Marianne Ny said she’s exhausted all available options to further the case against Assange.
“I’ve withdrawn the international arrest warrant to extradite him to Sweden, and I’ve decided to drop the investigation,” Ny said at a press conference Friday.
Claes Borgström, the legal representative for the two alleged victims in the case, expressed his disappointment over the news.
Assange was accused of raping and sexually assaulting two women during his visit to Sweden in 2010.
Three months later, prosecutors issued an arrest warrant, but Assange stayed out of detention by seeking refuge at the Ecuadorian embassy.
London’s Metropolitan Police said Friday that they will still be obliged to arrest Assange if he leaves the embassy because of an existing arrest warrant on him after he didn’t surrender to the court in June 2012.