It looks like Julian Assange is finally going to have to answer to the rape allegations he has been evading for years.
The founder of Wikileaks, still holed up at the Ecudorian embassy in London, is about to face Swedish investigators.
Assange took refuge in the embassy over four years ago – on 19th June 2012.
In 2014 he declared he would be leaving the embassy “soon”, but apparently forgot about it.
But his asylum status may be about to come to an end.
The Attorney General for Ecuador has agreed agreed to a request by Swedish prosecutors to question Assange on charges of rape, according to the Guardian.
Assange denies the rape allegations but has declined to go to Sweden to face questioning. So he’ll be questioned inside the embassy.
A statement issued in Ecuador said:
In the coming weeks a date will be established for the proceedings to be held at the embassy of Ecuador in the United Kingdom.
For more than four years, the government of Ecuador has offered to cooperate in facilitating the questioning of Julian Assange in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, as well as proposing other political and legal measures, in order to reach a satisfactory solution for all parties involved in the legal case against Julian Assange, to end the unnecessary delays in the process and to ensure full and effective legal protection.
In line with this position, Ecuador proposed to Sweden the negotiation of an agreement on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters, which was signed last December and which provides the legal framework for the questioning.
Looks like Assange’s days of evading the Swedish authorities are coming to an end.
About time he responded to the allegations.