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Detention hearing in the Assange case


On Monday 3 June at 10.00, a detention hearing will be held at Uppsala District Court. Deputy Director of Public Prosecution Eva-Marie Persson has submitted an application for a detention order, in which she requests the court to detain Julian Assange in his absence. After the detention hearing, the prosecutor will be present for questions from the media.

“I am requesting the district court to detain Assange in his absence, on probable cause suspected of rape (less serious crime). If the court decides to detain him, I will issue a European Arrest Warrant concerning his surrender to Sweden,” says Eva-Marie Persson

Julian Assange has been convicted of a crime in the UK and will serve 25 weeks of his sentence before he can be released, according to information obtained from the UK authorities. An extradition process is currently ongoing in the UK, with the possible outcome of him being extradited to the US.

“In the event of a conflict between a European Arrest Warrant and a request for extradition from the US, UK authorities will decide on the order of priority. The outcome of this process is impossible to predict. However, in my view the Swedish case can proceed concurrently with the proceedings in the UK,” says Deputy Director of Public Prosecution Eva-Marie Persson.


The detention hearing will take place on Monday 3 June 10 AM at Uppsala District Court.
Immediately following the detention hearing, Deputy Director of Public Prosecution Eva-Marie Persson will be present at the court to answer questions from the media. An interpreter will also be present.

Before the hearing, the prosecutor will not answer questions from the media.

Case number in Uppsala District Court: B 3167-19.

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