- Read the Swedish police report in Swedish and here in English.
- Read A Most Wanted List of Missing Items in the Julian Assange Case, by Dave Phillips, on the missing hard evidence in the Assange case
Since August 2010, all discussions regarding the ’Swedish case’ have gravitated around the allegations against Julian Assange and whether the arrest orders have been procedurally correct, not whether the allegations are true.
Julian Assange is prevented from responding to the allegations and from giving his version of events as long as the Swedish prosecutor refuses to hear his testimony (this is standard procedure). During the 18 months of extradition proceedings in the UK, Julian Assange’s legal team was prevented from challenging the allegations on the facts of the case or through Julian Assange’s own version of events. Instead, his UK legal team was limited to challenging the validity of the European Arrest Warrant instrument on narrow, mainly procedural grounds. On 14 June 2012, the extradition was approved by the UK Supreme Court. Five days later, Assange applied for political asylum at the Ecuadorian embassy in London.
Ecuador offered to accommodate the Swedish authorities if they agreed to question Assange in London. Qustioning supects abroad is a mechanism that Sweden routinely uses, but has refused to follow in Assange’s case.
Sweden issued an extradition request for Julian Assange in connection with a preliminary investigation. Julian Assange has not been charged of any crime. His status is that of a suspect who has not yet been heard in relation to the ’minor rape’ allegation.
Julian Assange was first put in prison and under solitary confinement for 10 days, and under house arrest for 540 days. He had an electronic tag around his ankle and reported to police 540 days in a row, before entering the Ecuadorian embassy.
February Hearing: The UK District Court ordered the extradition to go ahead.
Prior to the Arrest:
Julian Assange had been staying at the Frontline Club for journalists in Paddington, London, during much of October and November 2010. He held several talks during this period, including an address at the United Nations in Geneva. He flew back to London on 10 November 2010.
In the immediate weeks prior to and days after the issuing of the EAW, Assange received numerous public threats to his life on, from serving politicians and right-wing pundits (see Timing: EAW & INTERPOL Red Notice ). The threats that were made included summary execution ("drone strike" "bullett in his brain"), kidnapping, designating him an "enemy combatant" (which would allow US to render him or send him to Guantanmo Bay).
Julian Assange voluntarily went into UK custody on 7 December 2010, the same day The European Arrest Warrant was authorised. Assange spent 10 days in solitary confinement in Wandsworth prison. He was kept in solitary confinement in the maximum security ’separation unit’. He was released on £240,000 ($374,000) bail, provided by sureties.