The Swedish director of public prosecutions, Marianne Ny, has announced that she will end the investigation into Julian Assange's alleged sexual molestation and unlawful coercion.
According to an update on her official website, Ny has now "discontinued the investigation of Julian Assange with respect to suspected sexual molestation and unlawful coercion into sexual activity, as these acts are now time-barred."
Assange, the founder of spaff-all-the-official-docs site WikiLeaks, is "worried" and "unhappy" that the discontinuation of the case will leave him unable to clear his name, reported the Telegraph.
The prosecutor said: "An incident of suspected rape, less serious crime, will be time barred on 17 August 2020. The preliminary investigation will continue with respect to this crime. The status of the evidence is unchanged, and the possibilities to continue the investigation by interviews with the suspect are not exhausted."
Sweden's statute of limitations on prosecuting rape allegations is 10 years. The former chief public prosecutor, Eva Finne told the BBC: "I don't think there is reason to suspect that he has committed rape."
Talking to the Telegraph, Per Samuelson, Assange's lawyer, said: "He was quite worried when I spoke to him today. It's not a moment of happiness for him."
Samuelson added: "He will be very unhappy if the conclusion is that he is the winning party here, he doesn’t see it like that at all: he wants to clear his name."
Assange is still wanted in the UK for breach of bail conditions relating to when he dived into the Ecuadorian embassy's broom cupboard. ®