After years of house arrest, Assange now has one less legal mess to worry about.
Sweden is no longer pursuing the sexual assault complaint that had been leveled against Assange back in 2010.
Officials said the evidence against Assange has weakened due to the long period of time that has elapsed since the alleged incident.
“I would like to emphasise that the injured party has submitted a credible and reliable version of events. Her statements have been coherent, extensive and detailed; however, my overall assessment is that the evidential situation has been weakened to such an extent that that there is no longer any reason to continue the investigation,” said Eva-Marie Persson, Deputy Director of Public Prosecution.
Assange has always denied the August 2010 sexual assault accusations and fought extradition for years, hiding in the Ecuadorian embassy from June 2012 to April 2019 when he was arrested for jumping bail in connection with charges related to the rape case in Sweden. While the rape charges were later dropped, the bail jumping charges remained.
Assange is currently serving a 50-week jail sentence in the U.K. on the bail jumping charge.
What does that mean for Assange, substantively?
It means he will continue to serve his 50 weeks as a guest of the UK as a consequence for jumping bail. After that, he still faces potential extradition to the US to face charges relating to accusations fo conspiring with Bradley (Now ‘Chelsea’) Manning.