Russia ensuring rights of workers at FIFA World Cup construction sites — officialSport May 26, 3:08
Russian emergencies minister arrives in flood-hit southern RussiaWorld May 26, 2:56
NATO to join anti-IS coalition but unlikely to engage in combat — chiefWorld May 26, 0:23
Son of LUKOIL corporation co-owner tops list of Russia's richest legateesBusiness & Economy May 26, 0:23
Russian Foreign Ministry: OPCW not rushing to investigate chemical incident in SyriaRussian Politics & Diplomacy May 25, 21:28
Russia’s legendary barque Kruzenshtern calls at Belgian portSociety & Culture May 25, 20:26
OPEC and non-OPEC countries to develop cooperation outside Vienna agreementBusiness & Economy May 25, 19:44
Russia squared-off with Western media blitz to smear World Cup preparationsSport May 25, 19:35
NATO seeks to continue and expand dialogue with RussiaWorld May 25, 19:01
STOCKHOLM, March 10 /TASS/. Sweden’s Supreme Court on Tuesday demanded explanations from Swedish prosecutors on further investigation into the case of Julian Assange, an Australian journalist and the founder of the WikiLeaks website.
Late in February, Assange’s Swedish lawyers lodged an appeal with Sweden’s Supreme Court over a ruling of the Svea Court of Appeals, one of the six appellate courts in the Swedish legal system, that refused to recall an international arrest warrant for Assange last November. The lawyers called the Supreme Court’s attention to the fact that the prosecutors had been passive over the past four years.
"The most important thing for us is for how long this "legal uncertainty" will last. How long do we have to wait and what we should do if the court ruling is not implemented?" Assange’s lawyer Per Samuelsson told TASS adding that restrictions imposed on Assange were disproportionate to the crimes he was being suspected of.
Assange has been staying in the territory of the Ecuadoran embassy in London which granted him political asylum for more than two years.
Swedish prosecutors suspect Assange of committing a number of sexual crimes against two Swedish women in the summer of 2010 and are seeking his arrest.
At the same time, Assange’s lawyers said that Sweden’s investigation was not the reason behind Assange’s decision to turn to Ecuador for help. Assange fears that the Swedish authorities will extradite him to the United States where the Australian will face a long prison sentence and potentially capital punishment under a law on espionage for unauthorized publication of the U.S. State Department’s documents.