Ecuador gives report on Assange’s questioning to Sweden

Julian Assange has been holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Photo: urgente24.com

Quito, Jan 5 (Andes).- Ecuador sent to London the report of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s questioning on rape allegations, Swedish prosecutors announced Thursday.

The 400 to 500 page-document, mainly in Spanish, must first be translated and “then the prosecutors will decide on the continuation of the preliminary investigation,” the prosecutor’s statement read.

“This will take several weeks,” a spokesperson for the prosecutor told AFP. The questioning took place in the Ecuadorian embassy in the British capital where the 45-year-old Australian has been holed up since 2012.

Ecuadorian prosecutor Wilson Toainga was in charge of interviewing the Australian in the presence of Swedish prosecutor Ingrid Isgren.

Assange denies rape allegations he is accused of and affirms he had consensual sexual encounters with the Swedish woman.

Assange affirms he is innocent and claims it is a trick to be extradited to the United States where he fears he could be prosecuted for the publication of thousands of leaked classified documents on Iraq and Afghanistan wars as well as 250.000 US diplomatic cables.

Assange published in December the answers of the questioning he demanded years ago which Sweden finally accepted.

Sweden and Ecuador negotiated the conditions for such questioning during many months. Ecuador demanded it should be an Ecuadorian attorney who asks questions suggested by Swedish investigators.

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