Assange lawyers demand London interrogation
STOCKHOLM (AFP) - Lawyers representing WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in Sweden demanded on Wednesday that he be interrogated in London on the rape and sexual molestation allegations made by two Swedish women.
Assange broke bail and sought refuge at the Ecuador's embassy in London in June 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden for questioning under a European arrest warrant. He claimed that he would risk further extradition to the United States on espionage charges over his whistleblowing website if he went to Sweden.
The prosector in charge of the case has refused to interrogate the Australian national in London, arguing that it would be against Swedish legal practice and represent special treatment, a claim his lawyers now refute.
"Prosecutor Marianne Ny must ... start treating him as everbody else who is under suspicion," Thomas Olsson and Per Samuelsson wrote in an op-ed article in the daily Svenska Dagbladet, paraphrasing part of the Swedish legal code which allows investigations to "be adapted to the situation in which the investigated party finds himself".