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Sweden’s Supreme Court Solicits Opinion of Prosecutor-General

Sweden’s Supreme Court, which received the weighty appeal from Assange lawyers Olsson and Samuelson last week, opted today to get further information from the country’s prosecutor-general Anders Perklev.

The brief notice, below the bold, says only the following.

The Supreme Court has on 10 March 2015 requested an opinion from the Prosecutor-General concerning Assange’s appeal, especially regarding the investigatory procedure and the principle of proportionality.

The original Swedish version reveals a bit more.

Högsta domstolen har den 10 mars 2015 förordnat att riksåklagaren skyndsamt ska inkomma med svarsskrivelse i målet, särskilt gällande frågan om bedrivandet av utredningsarbetet och proportionalitetsprincipen.

The Supreme Court has on 10 March 2015 directed the Prosecutor-General to submit a written reply especially regarding how the case is proceeding and the principle of proportionality.

Almost the same thing, but some parts may have been lost in translation.

The Svea appeals court did uphold the warrant last autumn, but they also admonished prosecutor Marianne Ny to ‘get going’ and to travel to London to interrogate Assange if that’s what’s needed.

Marianne Ny has admitted that nothing’s been done in the case for four years.

The whole world is listening

A former Swedish prosecutor, a supreme court justice, legendary anti-corruption crusader Eva Joly, and 59 (fifty-nine) human rights organisations, amongst others, have signed onto Marianne Ny expediting the matter and resolving the stalemate. But Marianne Ny has done nothing.

It was expected that something had to happen by now, what with the admonition of the appeals court, but Marianne Ny seems to be defying her own judicial system.

The paperwork sent to the supreme court by Olsson and Samuelson makes it patently clear that they are already looking ahead to a possible next step, namely bringing the matter before the European Court of Human Rights.

And in that context, the directive of the Swedish supreme court to prosecutor-general Perklev makes sense – there can be other higher-ranked judicial authorities reviewing the case soon, and Sweden’s supreme court justices want to make sure they come off as squeaky clean.

If that’s any longer possible.

All the documents, including the submission to Sweden’s supreme court, are found here.

The Julian Assange case is Sweden’s longest running pre-trial, pre-charge deprivation of liberty. Julian Assange is in a legal no-man’s-land: he has not been indicted, and so cannot formally defend himself.