Julian Assange WON'T be detained by Swedish court on rape charge

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A Swedish court has ruled that it will not seek the detention of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in relation to a suspected rape case.

The hearing has rejected a request from prosecutors that Assange be detained in absentia.

The 47-year-old was locked up in Belmarsh Prison in April on a 50 week sentence after being dragged out of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he had been residing since 2012.

The decision complicates the process of having the Australian citizen extradited to Sweden for questioning over an 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.

Julian Assange’s lawyer Per Samuelsson (second right) pictured today

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