Sweden has ended part of its sexual assault investigation into WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, Reuters reported on Thursday.
Three of the four sexual assault allegations against Assange were set to expire within a week. The statute of limitations for most sex crimes is five years. Sweden still plans to pursue rape charges, which don’t expire for another five years, according to Al Jazeera.
Assange has denied all charges.
Assange, who has been living in asylum at the Ecuadorean Embassy in London since 2012, was never interviewed by Swedish authorities for the sex crime allegations. According to Swedish law, the BBC points out, a suspect can’t be charged until formally interviewed by authorities.
Sweden has been unable to extradite Assange for an interview, and he refuses to voluntarily leave the UK for fear he’ll be sent to America. Assange has been wanted in the U.S. since he published hoards of classified government documents in 2011.
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