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Assange: Swedes 'Intensify Hunt'

Björn Hurtig and Mark Stephens both highly critical.


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STOCKHOLM (Radsoft/Rixstep) — Interpol have published the 'red notice' for Julian Assange requested by Swedish prosecutor Marianne Ny.

The order was previously submitted to the 188 Interpol member countries but now the notice is also available online.

One reason for the delay can have been a discussion between Interpol and the Swedish authorities about what is to be kept secret in the case, this according to Tommy Kangasvieri at the international unit of the Swedish national police.

Kangasvieri says the hunt for Assange will now be 'intensified'.

'Interpol will encourage their member countries to seek information about where he can be. The hunt intensifies as the possibilities of obtaining information increase.'

The London Telegraph claimed Assange was somewhere in London.

'It's only a question of time', says Kangasvieri.

Persecution

Assange's solicitor at Index on Censorship is highly critical. Mark Stephens again lashed out at the Swedish authorities on Wednesday, saying his client is being persecuted by them. Stephens, who also represents the Associated Press, says his firm has been investigating whether the Swedish case is linked to US promises to prosecute those behind the leaks.

He further complained that Assange has yet to receive formal notice of the allegations - a requirement under EU law.

Stephens was scathing in his condemnation of Marianne Ny, saying he'd never come across a prosecutor who has 'such casual disregard' for her obligations.

'Given that Sweden is a civilised country, I am reluctantly forced to conclude that this is a persecution and not a prosecution.'

Hurtig Puzzled

Even Assange's Swedish solicitor Björn Hurtig is perplexed. 'I wonder if they're not after his DNA', he said.

Hurtig is also highly critical of the way Ny and the Swedes have treated his client. 'We've suggested Assange participate via video link from an embassy. And such an issue has as far as I know never been tested in our supreme court. And today people conduct video interrogations all the time in criminal cases.'

Ludicrous

Hurtig says it's ludicrous that his client should have to turn up personally.

'I wonder if they're not after his DNA. There's something very strange about this case.'

But Marianne Ny insists it's not possible to interrogate someone suspected of a serious crime via video link because it leads to a difficult situation if something happens during the interrogation which means the police have to incarcerate their suspect.

A decision in the supreme court review of the arrest warrant can be expected this evening or tomorrow morning.

Mum's Worried

Assange's mother is also very distressed about the developments, telling ABC in Australia that she was 'as any mother would be very distressed' by the warrant for her son and for her son's welfare.

'He's my son and I love him and obviously I don't want him hunted down and jailed. I'm reacting as any mother would - I'm distressed.'

Julian Assange will surely learn that considering what WikiLeaks has published, he's got a few enemies in the Pentagon, the CIA, and the White House. Sweden began an investigation into rape which was later dismissed. Assange was even denied residence in Sweden. One can only speculate to what extent the security agencies of the US were involved. And considering the obvious interest of the US to silence WikiLeaks, is it likely Assange will have an accident of the 'Boston brakes' kind in the coming years? Or will he be snared with compromising information of the 'honey trap' kind?
 - 'Drozd' at Flashback 23 October 2010

See Also
Expressen: Jakten på Julian Assange trappas upp
Expressen: Advokatens teori: Ute efter Assanges DNA
Washington Post: Assange is being persecuted in Sweden
ABC Sunshine Coast: WikiLeaks mum 'very distressed'

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