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Assange in Sweden: An Exchange

So it's not against Swedish law after all.


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STOCKHOLM (Rixstep) — Marianne Ny's been telling the world for two years now that it's illegal to travel to London to question Julian Assange about a broken condom. She told TIME Magazine, she told a few local Swedish rags (who promptly made the articles disappear) and now SvD are bringing up the same story again, what with the recent Ecuadorean offer.

But the story gets only more puzzling, not easier to believe. Ivan Johnson decided to write to the prosecutor's office for a clarification.

Here's the exchange.

[Note: the reply from the prosecutor's office comes less than one half hour after the inquiry was sent.]

From: Ivan Johnson
Date: 28 July 2012 15:55
To: Fredrik Berg
Subject: Illegal to question Assange in the UK

Hi,

In an article in Svenska Dagbladet from 28 July ('Illegal to question Assange in the UK', http://www.svd.se/nyheter/inrikes/olagligt-forhora-assange-i-london_7377910.svd) it is claimed that it is not possible in accordance with Swedish law to question Julian Assange in London. You are cited in the article but no mention is made of what law makes such a questioning impossible.

As this has been discussed in several Internet forums, I'd be grateful if you could refer me to the pertinent legislation in this matter.

Best regards,
Ivan Johnson

From: Berg Fredrik
Date: 28 July 2012 16:21
To: Ivan Johnson
Subject: Illegal to question Assange in the UK

Hej Ivan,

The headline 'Illegal to question Assange in the UK' was set by SvD. That is not a quote of mine. On the other hand, the prosecution authority earlier stated that the process must be carried out the formal way in accordance with the EAW once one has been submitted, at which point questioning on English (or Ecuadorean) soil is not applicable.

Best regards,
Fredrik Berg
Information Clerk
Prosecutor's Office

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