The statute of limitations in that case expires in August next year.
Swedish prosecutors filed preliminary charges against Assange after he visited the country in 2010.
Rebecca Niblock, an extradition lawyer with the London-based firm Kingsley Napley, said the Swedish case would likely take precedence over the U.S. one.
Shortly after that, Assange entered Ecuador's embassy, and remained there for nearly seven years. The authorities care so little about violence against women that they manipulate rape allegations at will. [Assange] has made it clear he is available for questioning by the Swedish authorities, in Britain or via Skype.
Swedish state prosecutor Eva-Marie Persson announced Monday that she plans to reopen a preliminary investigation into rape allegations against WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange. Persson said that Sweden will be requesting Assange's extradition after he serves his 50-week-long sentence in a British prison. Assange had lived inside the Ecuadorian embassy from June 2012 to April 11 this year, when Ecuador lifted his asylum and allowed British police to enter the embassy and arrest him. Swedish prosecutors say British officials will determine which case takes precedence. The prosecutor stated that London would decide which country's request will have priority.
The decision to reopen the investigation poses the question of whether Assange will be moved to the United States to face conspiracy charges for hacking into classified information or to Sweden.
Despite the case being reopened, it is still subject to the statute of limitations, which is set to expire on 17 August 2020, rendering the attempts to prosecute Assange useless. She is seeking a fresh European Arrest Warrant in order to request extradition from the UK. "This was not the case prior to April 11".
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"How that will happen now, I don't know".
But before his scheduled extradition to Sweden in 2012, he bolted into the Ecuadorean embassy.
WikiLeaks issued a statement in response to the case being resumed, saying Sweden is reopening the investigation after facing "considerable political pressure" in the wake of Assange being forced out of Ecuador's embassy.
Hrafnsson further stressed that Assange had been ready to provide any details relating to the case for over six years before it was finally dropped in 2017.
Chelsea Manning, a former US Army intelligence analyst and source for online publisher WikiLeaks, could be jailed again if she refuses to comply with a new grand jury subpoena, said a US law enforcement source, as well as Manning herself.
On Friday, Manning appeared in a YouTube video declaring that she will continue to refuse to cooperate.
Assange is expected to serve at least 25 weeks of his United Kingdom sentence before he can be released, Ms Persson said.
Assange, who has denied the sexual assault allegation, is now being held at London's Belmarsh Prison after being found guilty of skipping bail on those same charges. After he left, Interpol bizarrely issued a Red Notice for Assange, usually reserved for terrorists and risky criminals - raising concerns that this was not just about sexual accusations.