Assange interview with Ecuadorean prosecutor postponed one month

A formal interview with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange over a suspected rape in 2010 has been postponed until November, Swedish and Ecuadorean authorities said Thursday.

The interview had been scheduled for Monday in the Ecuadorean embassy in London where Assange has been holed up since 2012.

The Australian national, who denies the allegations, fled there after he lost a legal battle in Britain against extradition to Sweden. He fears he would then be extradited to the United States.

The new interview date is set for November 14, officials said.

One of Assange's defence attorneys Per E Samuelson told dpa that the postponement was due to the fact that Quito authorities had only recently appointed an Ecuadorean defence attorney to sit in on the interview as required under the South American country's law.

An Ecuadorean prosecutor will conduct the interview with Assange, and send a report to Swedish prosecutors. After studying the report, the Swedish prosecutors will consider how to proceed.

Ecuador will also allow a Swedish prosecutor and a Swedish police investigator to attend the interview and ask supplementary questions via the Ecuadorean prosecutor.

Samuelson said he and his Swedish colleague Tomas Olsson were also to attend.

Ecuador granted Assange asylum after he said he feared extradition to the US, where he is wanted in connection to WikiLeaks' publication of top secret diplomatic cables.

A Swedish appellate court last month rejected Assange's latest attempt to lift the arrest warrant.

Last update: Thu, 13/10/2016 - 13:44


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