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Swedish court schedules Assange detention hearing for June 3rd

Julian Assange following a court hearing in London in 2019. Photo: AP Photo/Matt Dunham

Published: 21.May.2019 16:44 hrs

A court in Uppsala on Tuesday announced its decision to hold a detention hearing for Julian Assange on June 3rd. This is the first step towards seeking extradition of the WikiLeaks founder from Britain to Sweden, where he is suspected of rape.

The Uppsala district court said it had taken "both the requirement of a speedy procedure and the right for the suspect to prepare his defence" into consideration when setting the hearing date.

Swedish deputy director of public prosecutions Eva-Marie Persson on Monday filed a request with the court to have Assange, currently imprisoned in Britain, detained in his absence over a 2010 rape allegation.

Detaining someone in their absence is a standard part of Swedish legal procedure if a suspect is outside the country or cannot be located.

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