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November 18, 2010

Sweden Issues Arrest Warrant For Julian Assange On Rape, Molestation Charges

Pile on him! (Not on me!)

A courtís arrest ruling makes it possible for the prosecutor to request an international arrest warrant via European Union cooperation or Interpol, Tommy Kangasvieri at the National Bureau of Investigation said today in a telephone interview.

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Assangeís application for a Swedish residence and work permit, which would have allowed him to establish WikiLeaks as a Swedish publication protected by the constitution, was turned down by the Migration Board.

Hurtig said he was sure an international arrest warrant would be issued by police and that Assange would come to Sweden for questioning.

"Arrest" here seems to have a less-forbidding and more technical meaning than we usually think of in America -- it seems to mean (and I'm not sure I have this right) that he is subject to detention (that's the real meaning of arrest, after all) and questioning about this matter. From what I gather "arrest" in Sweden does not seem to have the usual implication as in America, that is, that a prosecution is expected to follow.


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