A Swedish court has struck down a prosecutors request to detain Julian Assange in absentia over outstanding rape allegations. The case was re-opened after the Wikileaks founder was hauled from Londons Ecuadorian embassy.
he ruling was handed down Monday by a judge in court in Uppsala, north of Stockholm.
Swedish prosecutors reopened the rape case earlier this month, soon after Assange was jailed for skipping a 2012 bail hearing. Assange requested Mondays hearing be postponed, citing ill health, but the request was denied.
Detaining Assange in absence would have allowed Sweden to issue an arrest warrant on him, but for now the European warrant already issued will have to suffice for the investigators, the Swedish judge said.
Assange was arrested in mid-April after spending over six years under political asylum in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.
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