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Updated: September 1, 2010 23:37 IST

Rape probe against WikiLeaks founder reopened

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Founder and editor of the WikiLeaks website Julian Assange. File photo
Founder and editor of the WikiLeaks website Julian Assange. File photo

A senior Swedish prosecutor is reopening a rape investigation against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange — the latest twist to a case in which prosecutors of different ranks have overruled each other.

The case was dropped by a Stockholm prosecutor last week who said there was nothing suggesting Mr. Assange had raped a Swedish woman who reported him to police.

The woman’s lawyer appealed the decision and Director of Public Prosecution Marianne Ny on Wednesday decided to reopen the case.

Ms. Ny also said that another complaint against Mr. Assange should be investigated on suspicion of “sexual coercion and sexual molestation.” That overruled a previous decision to only investigate the case as “molestation,” which is not a sex offense under Swedish law.

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