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Sweden says it is dropping Assange rape investigation

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Sweden says it is dropping Assange rape investigation
FILE PHOTO: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is seen in a police van, after he was arrested by British police, in London, Britain April 11, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls   -   Copyright  HENRY NICHOLLS(Reuters)

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – A Swedish prosecutor said on Tuesday she would not proceed with an investigation into an allegation of rape against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange after a review of the evidence.

“I’m holding this press conference to inform you I’m discontinuing the preliminary investigation”,” Deputy Chief Prosecutor Eva-Marie Persson said.

The 48 year-old Australian citizen has repeatedly denied the allegation against him, made in 2010.

(Reporting by Simon Johnson, Johan Ahlander and Niklas Pollard; Editing by Jon Boyle)