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Swedish prosecutors have dropped the investigation into an allegation of rape against Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange in 2010.

Assange, who denies the prosecution, avoided extradition to Sweden for seven years after being a refugee at the Embassy of Ecuador in London in 2012.

The 48-year-old Australian was deported in April and sentenced to 50 weeks in prison for violating the conditions of his parole.

He is currently detained at Belmarsh Prison in London.

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The Swedish investigation had been filed in 2017 but had been reopened earlier this year after his expulsion from the embassy.

In June, the then British Minister of the Interior, Sajid Javed, officially approved an extradition request from the United States, where Assange was wanted for 18 counts of indictment. related to the massive disclosure of American secrets.

What did the prosecutors say?

The Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, Eva-Marie Persson, made the decision "to discontinue the investigation concerning Julian Assange," said the Swedish prosecutor's office.

"The reason for this decision is that the evidence has been considerably weakened by the long time that has elapsed since the events in question," he added.

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Ms Persson said: "I would like to point out that the injured party submitted a credible and reliable version of the events.

"His statements have been consistent, detailed and detailed, however, my overall assessment is that the evidentiary situation has been so weakened that there is no longer any reason to pursue the investigation." "

Prosecutors said the decision was made after talks with seven witnesses in the case.

What was the subject of the Swedish investigation?

Assange was accused of rape by one woman and sexual assault by another following a Wikileaks conference in Stockholm in 2010. He has always denied the allegations, claiming that sex was consensual.

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He has also been investigated for sexual assault and illegal coercion, but these cases were dropped in 2015 because time was running out.