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Julian Assange: Rape allegations must be treated with utmost seriousness

Reacting to the news that the Swedish Prosecution Authority has re-opened its investigation into a rape allegation against Julian Assange, and will issue a formal extradition request to the UK by 14 June 2019, Massimo Moratti, Amnesty’s Deputy Director for Research for Europe said:  

“Rape allegations should always be treated with utmost seriousness. It is vital that the allegations against Julian Assange are properly investigated, in a way that respects the rights of both the complainant and the person under investigation.  

“We urge both the Swedish and UK authorities not to extradite or otherwise send Julian Assange to the USA, where there is a very real risk that he could face serious human rights violations.” 

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