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WikiLeaks founder faces rape charges
Published on 19 Nov. 2010 1:23 AM IST
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Swedish authorities have issued a warrant for the arrest of Julian Assange, the founder of the WikiLeaks whistle-blower website. Assange views the charges as a response to his publication of classified war documents.
A Stockholm court approved the request to detain Assange on Wednesday, after a prosecutor called for his arrests over allegations of rape, sexual molestation and unlawful coercion during a visit to Sweden in August.
The decision, which was announced after a hearing at the Stockholm district court, will allow Swedish prosecutors to seek assistance from other countries to obtain Assange’s arrest.
The prosecutor’s office began the investigation against Assange, an Australian citizen, in September. “The reason for my request is that we need to interrogate him. So far, we have not been able to meet him to carry out the interrogations,” said Marianne Ny, heading up the case for the Prosecution Authority.

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