The Swedish Prosecution Authority

The Swedish Prosecution Authority is an independent organisation. It is independent from both the courts and the police.The Prosecution Authority, like all other Swedish authorities, is not a department in the Ministry of Justice or any other ministry.

The role of the Swedish prosecutor

Compared with many other countries, the Swedish prosecutor is very powerful. The prosecutor conducts both the investigation and brings the case to court.

Swedish prosecutors have three main duties:
• to lead and direct the preliminary investigations of crime
• to make decisions on prosecution issues
• to appear in court to process actions in criminal cases

Today’s prosecution service is a modern, development-oriented organisation that is devoted to the reduction of crime by ensuring that those individuals who have committed crimes are called to account for their actions in a legally correct and effective way.


Today, Director of Public Prosecution Marianne Ny discontinued the investigation of Julian Assange with respect to suspected sexual molestation and unlawful coercion, as these acts are now time-barred.
The prosecutors have received Julian Assange’s consent, with some reservations, to be interviewed in London and have his DNA taken. The prosecutors have asked for clarifications concerning the reservations.
The Prosecutor-General is of the opinion that Julian Assange should continue to be detained in his absence, however would endorse the Supreme Court’s adjudication on the question.
Director of Public Prosecution Marianne Ny has today made a request to Julian Assange’s legal representatives whether Assange would consent to being interviewed in London and have his DNA taken via a swab.
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The Assange matter
The Swedish law
The Swedish Prosecution Authority
There are some 900 prosecutors at 39 public prosecution offices all over the country.