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Assange Case Reopening Hailed by Swedish Accuser

Assange case reopening hailed by Swedish accuser Photo: MGN Online. Assange case reopening hailed by Swedish accuser

May 13, 2019 09:38 AM

STOCKHOLM (AP) - The lawyer for a Swedish woman who reported being raped by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in 2010 says "today we got great news."
    
Elisabeth Massi Fritz says the decision by Swedish authorities to open the rape case against Assange "signals that no one stands above the law," and that "the legal system in Sweden doesn't give a special treatment to anyone."
    
Massi Fritz told reporters Monday she spoke with her client, who is not named, by phone. She said her client "feels great gratitude."
    
Earlier in the day, Swedish prosecutors said they will seek Assange's extradition to Sweden.
    
Massi Fritz said she hoped justice would prevail, and "we believe the evidence is good enough that it must be tested."
    
Assange denies wrongdoing. He is serving a 50-week prison term in London for jumping bail in 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden to face the allegations.

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