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Common with Interrogations Abroad

From Sweden’s Journalisten (The Journalist) 9 November 2015.

Swedish prosecutors have for several years refused to interview Julian Assange in Great Britain. They’ve claimed that ‘it’s uncommon for Swedish prosecutors to interview suspects abroad’.

The Journalist can today show that this is a misleading claim.

Since 2010, and all the way forward and into the spring of 2015, prosecutor Marianne Ny has refused to interview Julian Assange in Great Britain. Since 2012, Julian Assange has resided at the Ecuador embassy in London.

This past August, The Journalist reported that 44 (forty-four) people were interviewed by Swedish prosecutors in Great Britain between 18 November 2010 [the date of Marianne Ny’s most recent warrant against Assange] and 31 March 2015 [when Marianne Ny finally began negotiations with Ecuador].

Julian Assange had, during this period, repeatedly requested to be interviewed, but Marianne Ny refused to contact Mutual Legal Assistance in Great Britain.

Karin Rosander

Karin Rosander, director of information at the Swedish Prosecution Authority, told The Journalist that those statistics were ‘misleading’.

‘It’s very unusual for a Swedish prosecutor to interview suspects abroad. On the other hand, it’s not unusual to question witnesses abroad. I doubt whether the facts cited in the article really come from Great Britain. It’s likely that they register all requests [suspects and witnesses] under Mutual Legal Assistance.’

But documentation now obtained by The Journalist shows that this is not true – it is not at all unusual for Swedish prosecutors to conduct interrogations with suspects abroad.

Of the 44 interviews, 16 were with suspects and 28 with witnesses. It’s about every third month that a Swedish prosecutor travels to Great Britain to question a suspect in a Swedish criminal investigation.

This according to data provided by the British Home Office.

The Journalist has sought the Swedish Prosecution Authority for comment.

This is the first mention in Swedish media of any one of a number of critical ‘anomalies’ in the case of Assange in Sweden. Others, involving how Marianne Ny and Paul Close of Great Britain’s Crown Prosecution Service deliberately circumvented Assange’s requests to be interviewed, all the way back to December 2010, are still being blacked out.