22 August 2010

Sweden Defends Assange Warrant Decisions: Mistake? What mistake?

Update to previous stories:

SkunkPost.com || Mistake? What mistake?:
KARL RITTER, Associated Press Writer

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Swedish prosecutors defended their handling of a rape allegation against the founder of WikiLeaks, saying Sunday that they had made no mistakes in issuing an arrest warrant and withdrawing it less than a day later.

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange said the short-lived warrant had damaged his group nonetheless.

The Swedish Prosecution Authority said an 'on-call' prosecutor issued an arrest warrant for Assange late Friday only to see it revoked the next day by a higher-ranked prosecutor, who found no grounds to suspect him of rape.

'The prosecutor who took over the case yesterday had more information, and that is why she made a different assessment than the on-call prosecutor,' said Karin Rosander, a spokeswoman for the authority.

She declined to specify what the new material was, but said there was 'absolutely nothing' that suggested errors had been made by either prosecutor.
Slashdot is covering this now (Sunday August 22, @01:27PM).

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