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Swedish court rejects request to detain Assange over 2010 rape case

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A Swedish court ruled Monday that it won’t seek detention of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in a suspected 2010 rape case.

The court rejected the prosecutor’s request that Assange be detained in absentia over allegation of rape.

The ruling was read out by the judge in the case at the local court in Uppsala, north of the capital Stockholm.

On May 13, Sweden reopened an investigation into the rape allegation against Assange, which he denies.

Last month, the 47-year-old was evicted from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London where he had been holed up with political asylum since 2012.

He was then immediately arrested by British police on April 11 and is currently serving a 50-week sentence in Britain for jumping bail in 2012.

He is also fighting extradition to the US, where he is accused of publishing secret documents.