Sweden drops Julian Assange rape inquiry

“The evidence is not strong enough to form the basis of an indictment,” said Eva-Marie Persson, Sweden’s deputy director of public prosecutions. “In such a situation, the preliminary investigation should be discontinued, and that is what has happened.”…

When the Swedish authorities issued a European arrest warrant seeking his extradition from Britain for questioning over “suspicion of rape, three cases of sexual molestation and illegal coercion,” he fled to the Ecuadorean Embassy in London. He remained there for seven years, until his arrest in April after Ecuador revoked his asylum status.

Ms. Persson said that investigators had spoken to two people who had not previously been interviewed. She said that the investigators had found the accusers credible and their statements reliable, but that some parts of the testimonies were contradictory.