Swedish prosecutors in repeat bid to question Assange

Swedish prosecutors will again seek to interview Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in the Ecuadorian Embassy, where he has taken refuge since June 2012. Mr Assange is wanted for questioning over an allegation for rape in 2010 but the whistleblower fears Sweden will extradite him to the US to face treason charges.

The new attempt to resolve the ongoing impasse comes after a Geneva-based UN working group on arbitrary detention ruled that Mr Assange had been “arbitrarily detained” since 2010 and called on the UK and Sweden to end his “deprivation of liberty”.

Dismissing the ruling, Prime Minister Cameron told Parliament: “I think this was a ridiculous decision. You’ve got a man here with an outstanding allegation of rape against him. He barricaded himself into the Ecuadorian embassy and yet claims he was arbitrarily detained. The only person who detained himself was himself.”