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Swedish police to renew Assange arrest warrant

AFP/The Local · 2 Dec 2010, 16:38

Published: 02 Dec 2010 16:38 GMT+01:00

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"We have to refresh the warrant. It's a procedural fault, we agree. The prosecutor Marianne Ny has to write a new one," Tommy Kangasvieri of the Swedish National Criminal Police told AFP.

"The procedure demands that the maximum penalty for all crimes Assange is suspected for is written in the warrant", he explained. "We described it only for the rape."

Kangasvieri could not say how long it would take Swedish police to issue

the new warrant for the Internet whistleblower, whose site has embarrassed

world leaders by publishing thousands of confidential US diplomatic cables.

Britain's Times newspaper reported Thursday that British police knew where the 39-year-old Australian was -- believed to be a location in southeast England -- but could not act on the information as the European arrest warrant was incorrectly filled out. The Swedish police initially denied that an an error had been made.

Sweden's Supreme Court said Thursday it had refused to hear Assange's appeal to overturn the district court ruling, which was his last possible chance to block the warrant.

Assange's Swedish lawyer Björn Hurtig had taken the case to the Supreme Court on Tuesday, after a first petition was rejected by the Stockholm Appeals court in late November.

Hurtig told AFP on Thursday that he would fight his client's extradition to Sweden if Assange is arrested.

"Together with my British colleague Mark Stephens and international experts, we will fight the extradition warrants," Hurtig told AFP.

Mark Stephens meanwhile on Thursday supported claims that British police know of the elusive whistleblower's whereabouts.

"Scotland Yard know where he is, the security services from a number of countries know where is," Stephens told AFP.

"The (British) police are being slightly foxy in their answers, but they know exactly how to get in touch with him, as do the Swedish prosecutors."

Asked about the reports that the nomadic former computer hacker was in southeast England, Stephens said: "I have not said that. I am not saying where

he is."

The Times and the Independent quoted British police sources as saying that

Assange had supplied Scotland Yard with his contact details when he arrived in

the country in October.

They have his telephone number and know where he is staying, the police

sources said.

Britain's Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), which certifies extradition requests received from outside Britain, and Scotland Yard, which acts on them, both refused to confirm the reports.

"We do not discuss any purported communication regarding extradition cases unless a person has been placed before the City of Westminster Magistrates Court," a Scotland Yard spokesman said.

Stephens has said the Interpol move to place Assange on its wanted list may be related to US anger over the revelations by WikiLeaks, which has also published papers on the Iraq and Afghan wars in recent months.

He said Swedish authorities had failed to provide him with the warrant or any documents about the warrant, adding: "The procedure is so irregular that one has to assume that the warrant is inappropriate."

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WikiLeaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson said on Wednesday Assange was working on the diplomatic cables project at a secret location because of the risk to his safety, not because he was trying to evade the Swedish warrant.

"We have had threats from governments and commentators, some of them totally preposterous, even calls for the assassination of Julian Assange," Hrafnsson said during a debate at the Frontline Club in London.

"He claims he is innocent (of the charges in Sweden) and I believe him."

The global police agency Interpol said Wednesday it had alerted member states to arrest WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange on suspicion of rape on the basis of a Swedish arrest warrant.

"There is a public 'Red Notice' on behalf of Sweden," a spokeswoman told AFP, confirming that Interpol had posted Sweden's request for assistance in tracking down the 39-year-old Australian on its website.

The Stockholm district court had ordered on November 18th an arrest warrant for Assange for questioning on suspicion of "rape, sexual molestation and unlawful coercion" in Sweden in August.

The court order authorized Ny, who had requested Assange's detention, to prepare an international arrest warrant for the famous hacker, who travels constantly.

Whistleblowing website WikiLeaks started publishing some 250,000 US embassy cables on Sunday, which has infuriated Washington and embarrassed many governments worldwide.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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14:51 December 2, 2010 by Texrusso
Assange is hiding in my home, come and get him here :) stupid id-i-o-ts!
15:31 December 2, 2010 by Kevin Harris
Another nail in the coffin bearing the now dead international reputation of the Swedish justice system.

Is there any part of the prosecution that is actually correct and normal? Poor Marianne Ny can't even fill out the forms right. Send her on "holiday" and review the case someone. If there's something in it, do it properly. If there isn't drop it before this international exhibition of Swedish incompetence begins to devalue the kroner and the Swedish stock market.
15:34 December 2, 2010 by Ranjit T Edward
Marianne Ny has been in the Swedish Prosecution Agency since 1985. And she still does not seem know the procedures in filling an international arrest warrant. Assange must call for her resignation!!! Can people be so incompetent???
16:20 December 2, 2010 by ilockitdown
Do they always create international warrants for crimes of this nature? well not even a crime its an allegation. I heard one of the allegations was that they were having consensual sex and the condom broke but he didnt pull out fast enough? duno if that is true but making an arrest warrant for that and for some reason interpol is on this to such a joke.

This is obviously a smear campaign but even if they get him its not like they are really going to stop wiki leaks.... I think he should have stayed quiet on the big banks and stuff on the corporations because I think that is who really wants him captured now because they see direct impacts of his words in the stock market/profits while the government only loses usually respect etc.
16:49 December 2, 2010 by jmallas
Until today I thought Sweden to be a lawful country. The Supreme Court proved otherwise. It is a rogue State, in fact.

That a prosecutor wants to be in the limelight - which she does, it is a vain act. That the Supreme court abides to her whims is another story. To demand that Assange is arrested and that once he is arrested has no contact with his lawyer seems to be so absurd that makes me think Ms M Ny should go and work as a prosecutor in Guantanamo cases. She certainly has all it takes!

Today is a sad day for justice.

Shall we start a campaign to help US diplomats learn how to behave?

lesson 01: remember you are a diplomat, not a woman sitting down in the hairdresser gossiping

lesson 02: etiquette: use it, do not be vulgar when writing about heads of state

It is a start.
17:06 December 2, 2010 by thebittertruth
Typical Swedish Incompetence.. The Prosecutor didnt have her computer in front of her when preparing the arrest warrant..

(A) The Swedish police initially denied that an an error had been made.

(B) "We have to refresh the warrant. It's a procedural fault, we agree. The prosecutor Marianne Ny has to write a new one," Tommy Kangasvieri of the Swedish National Criminal Police told AFP.

(C) "The procedure demands that the maximum penalty for all crimes Assange is suspected for is written in the warrant", he explained. "We described it only for the rape."

Despite points A-C above , Assange was told he could LEAVE sweden, and as soon as he leaves, a warrant is issued to make it appear he is a fugitive on the run...

People , politicians, grow up..Kill him if you care, but you will NEVER kill the spirit behind the revelations. To stop the revelations you have to kill every INSIDER who provides WIKILEAKS the leaks that they simply PUBLISH. I never knew politicians could be so petty minded..You can fool the people some, BUT YOU CAN NEVER FOOL THEM ALL THE TIME.

Thats the Bitter Truth that the Powers that be have to live with all their lives.
17:31 December 2, 2010 by Ranjit T Edward
In her shameless desperation to have her moment of glory, Ny has got Sweden entangled in a web that it cannot retract itself from, and smeared its name globally with shame and incompetence.
18:23 December 2, 2010 by expatjourno
Sweden is the U.S.'s bitch.
20:12 December 2, 2010 by ontheball
Yep. Well done Sweden. Bang goes your reputation for fairness and neutrality. In comes weakness and pandering to the U.S.

What's next? Declaring a 'war on terror'?!
21:57 December 2, 2010 by Rebel
Interesting...international news agencies are reporting that Sweden wants him for rape. What exactly did he do, or was he alleged to have done? Why is that not being made public?

Sweden has not been turned into a joke though -- it has been a joke for a long time. This government would do anything Mr. Obama told it to. Next thing you know there will be American TSA agents at the Swedish airports doing naked body scans and rubbing passenger's breasts and everything south of them.
23:35 December 2, 2010 by ilockitdown
yea i think its the multinational corps in usa that are pressuring obama who is pressuring europe now, so sad.... don't think this would have gone as big if he hadnt mentioned that he was going after private companys next.
23:35 December 2, 2010 by GLO
Assange should in fact be charged with "Enemy Combatant" as well as any person that gave materal support to his act of terroism, organized crime, conspiracy to committ acts.

Time will tell how many deaths will result from his action, we will see in a year or so !!!
23:41 December 2, 2010 by Rizwan Rahim
as i said in prev article JA is simply Smart and he will win the race for sure,

but the best part is not yet over even after if he is not guilty in Sweden....do you know whats next...? look at the small reply given by @ expatjourno

Still the system is doing great mistakes to JA despite the pressure....when youre not truthful of your duty and perhaps someone asks you to perform a duty far beyond your ethics whats your psychological outcome ?
01:05 December 3, 2010 by absolut
I don't know if anyone has mentioned it already, but the definition of rape is very broad in Sweden. The local had this article about it on 27 April 2009 : Sweden tops European rape league (http://www.thelocal.se/19102/20090427/)
05:48 December 3, 2010 by nitrousox
"During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act"

Orwell couldn't have dreamt how prophetic this line would be.

Congratulations Sweden, your legal system and civil servants have joined forces with the US government to make the world a bigger shithole for all!! Debt slavery, war and squalor for all!

I just hope the shackles and ball and chain I get are more stylish than yours.
06:24 December 3, 2010 by don willer
The above post by ' GLO ' refers to deaths that Assange may have caused, I take the opposite view and ask how many lives he has saved ?
07:30 December 3, 2010 by Hedley
I am wondering whether murders who migrate abroad receive the same treatment.
09:06 December 3, 2010 by Sailor Boy
Comon Sweden, this makes you look as if you going down on USA.

Have some self respect and withdraw the arrest warrant USA ordered you to place, on a alleged crime.

From Finland with love

Ryhdistäytykää Ruotsalaiset
13:00 December 3, 2010 by marianne667
As a Swede I am mortified!!!!! How can this nonsense go on? I think Marianne Ny should be retired now!!! Such a screw up!!
13:44 December 3, 2010 by Jools33
The Swedish justice system is an absolute farce - they will change laws and make rulings to the highest court level - just to appease the Americans. What sort of legal precedents are they setting here?
13:49 December 3, 2010 by markelawadi
This situation is placing Sweden's respectable reputation at risk. First was the rendition episodes with George Bush retarded presidency. Now with this BS going on with the Wilkileaky appearing to be vendetta..

I and many freedom loving people have looked up to Sweden for leadership and wisdom during and in the world political circus, Israeli nonsense with Swedish press etc etc..

Now this must be dealt with in an honest honorable and true agenda manner!

How can we imagine a scenario where a swedish woman had an forced sexual encounter with this soft guy. Sex in Sweden is so free that the women cant even offer it for free willingly let alone forced.

Sweden should either come clean or withdraw the warrant and apologize to the world. Come on ....
16:10 December 3, 2010 by Luke R D
In an Australian paper today:

They (the two women) said they had separate sexual encounters with a thin, white-haired Australian man and despite the sex being consensual, he had refused to wear a condom.

Soon after speaking to police, it is alleged the women - members of a Christian political group that had hosted a speech by Assange - told a Swedish tabloid, Expressen, that the man was Assange.

Yesterday another lawyer who acted for Assange, the Melbourne barrister James Catlin, wrote in Crikey that the women ''collaborated'' and ''irrevocably tainted each other's evidence'' before going to police. ''Their SMS texts to each other show a plan to contact …Expressen beforehand in order to maximise the damage to Assange."

Smells like a set-up. Congrats, Sweden, you've exposed yourself to the world, now. You fooled people into believing you're "neutral" (try looking up Sweden's involvement in Frontex, people), and now you've blown that.
21:07 December 3, 2010 by zoroastrina
Get off hhis poor man's back. He is a figure of the enlightenment and a defender of democratic transparency. His prosecution by Swedish (in)justice is a parody of justice and democracy. This is a farce and a comedy of errors. It is people like George Bush and some of his successors who belong in the dock at the ICC in the Hague. Leave Assange alone: Some U.S. politicians advocate Assange's removal; it is they who are terrorists. I am an unashamedly anti-American American.
23:05 December 3, 2010 by munched
Sweden is the U.S.'s bitch and has been ever since the Nazis started losing in WWII.
23:42 December 3, 2010 by csence
New info has it, Assanges attorney just happens to also be the attorney for George Soros's Open Society! (=global government dictatorship)

GEE why am i not surprised.?? Did soros pay for the attorney? did soros with his vast and oh soo deep, deep deep connections and Obama on a string, facilitate Assagne to get his paws on this info....?
00:32 December 4, 2010 by PaulHummerman
Very disappointed in Sweden. You seem to be in bed with the USA, consensually. Watch out, Americans don't use condoms.
17:16 December 5, 2010 by Ranjit T Edward
Sweden is one of those lickspittle states which used its resources and its facilities for rendition flights...said Assange's lawyer! How very true!
03:59 December 8, 2010 by Steve911
Many people have a mistaken belief that Sweden is still a model of progressive Liberalism, neutral, pro peace and a bastion of free speech. For many years now Sweden has been ruled by a motley coalition of Conservatives, Royalists, Farmers and Christian interests, some of whom are advocating joining NATO, reducing Abortion rights for women and giving strong support for Israel's wars and ethnic cleansing. Carl Bildt the Swedish Foreign Minister famously supported George Bush's Iraq War and accused Russia of a Nazi style invasion of Georgia in 2008 (the facts later showed that it was Georgia, ruled by another George Bush poodle that did the invading). US ambassador to Sweden, Michael Wood wrote (as recorded in the WikiLeak logs) that even though the official Swedish line is non-alignment, Swedish participation in NATO's Partnership for Peace and role as leader of the EU's Nordic Battle Group show that the position is an untruth. How about when it allowed rendition flights by the CIA? Sweden is now a fully paid up member of the US controlled 'International Community' / Neocon alliance and has one of the most Right Wing governments in Europe. Julian Assange was badly mistaken if he thought he was going to get any help or sanctuary against US oppression there.
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