Julian Assange: Sweden reopens rape investigation

Swedish prosecutors have reopened an investigation into a rape allegation made against Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange.

The inquiry has been revived at the request of the alleged victim’s lawyer.

Assange, who denies the charges, has avoided extradition to Sweden for seven years after seeking refuge at the Ecuadorean embassy in London in 2012.

The 47-year-old was evicted last month and sentenced to 50 weeks in jail for breaching his bail conditions.

He is currently being held at Belmarsh prison in London.

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