An interview with the original attorney for Julian Assange 1 September 2010.
‘Nothing about this case surprises me anymore. Two prosecutors want to serve a suspicion of rape on my client, whilst a third prosecutor says there are no grounds whatsoever’, says Leif Silbersky, attorney for Julian Assange.
Leif Silbersky, Sweden’s most renowned attorney, says it was a mistake by the prosecutor to not immediately let his client give his version of events. Today Leif’s phone has been ringing off the hook with calls from around the world, yet neither he nor the journalists can understand what’s going on. Leif finds two things in particular that are especially remarkable.
‘The first is that the prosecution authority told a tabloid that my client was under suspicion. This led to the media, both local and global, blasting the story around the world and branding him a rapist. I’ve never seen anything like this before.’
‘The second is that when they review the case again, they discover that they have no basis for such accusations. Then we appeared for a questioning last Monday, and they served him with suspicion of molestation, not even sexual molestation which at most can result in a fine, and now less than 48 hours later, they’ve changed their minds again and want to call it rape and summon us to further questioning.’
Leif says that what’s happened gives the impression that the authorities don’t know what they’re doing. But he and Julian Assange are of course prepared to appear for further questioning, and so they won’t be doing anything else for now.
‘So we’re waiting to hear from them. We can only hope this matter will be sorted as soon as possible.’
On 22 August, a private citizen filed a complaint against the two women complainants for false accusation. The complaint was dismissed by chief prosecutor Eva Finné, the same person who decided to close the rape case. The person filing the complaint says that he thinks it’s inappropriate that Eva Finné should be involved.
‘Eva Finné should be disqualified – she’s biased, inasmuch as a decision to open a preliminary investigation into false accusations means that the prosecution authority must admit they’ve made serious mistakes up to now.’
‘I think that the prosecution authority in this situation should have remembered that Caesar’s wife can’t come under suspicion, and that one should have left the matter to another prosecutor. But I don’t want to condemn them because I don’t know all the rules they use’, says Leif Silbersky.
Chief prosecutor Marianne Ny says that the original preliminary investigation against Assange will be conducted without preconceived notions.
‘We’ll take actions we deem optimal; we’re giving it high priority.’