Swedish

Chronology

Events concerning Julian Assange in chronological order.

Swedish proceedings

20 August 2010
The duty prosecutor orders the arrest of Julian Assange, suspected of rape and molestation.

21 August 2010
The case is transferred to a prosecutor at City Public Prosecution Office in Stockholm.

25 August 2010
The prosecutor takes a decision to terminate the preliminary investigation concerning suspected rape.

27 August 2010
Lawyer Claes Borgström, legal representative of the women who reported Julian Assange, requests a review of the prosecutor's decision to terminate the preliminary investigation concerning rape. The review request is sent to the Prosecution Development Centre in Gothenburg.

1 September 2010
Marianne Ny, Director of Public Prosecution, takes a decision to resume the preliminary investigation concerning the suspected rape. The preliminary investigation on sexual molestation is expanded to cover all the events in the crime reports.

September 2010
The investigation is underway.

27 September 2010
Julian Assange is arrested in his absence.

18 November 2010
Marianne Ny orders the detention of Julian Assange, with probable cause, suspected of rape, three cases of sexual molestation and illegal coercion. This measure is taken as it has been impossible to interview him during the investigation.

Stockholm District Court takes a decision to detain Julian Assange in accordance with the Prosecutor's request.

In order to execute this decision, the Prosecutor takes a decision to issue an international warrant for the arrest of Julian Assange, a European Arrest Warrant.

22 November 2010
Julian Assange appeals the issue of the District Court arrest warrant to Svea Court of Appeal.

24 November 2010
Svea Court of Appeal refuses the appeal and takes a decision that the arrest warrant is to remain in place, with probable cause, on suspicion of rape (less serious crime), unlawful coercion and two cases of sexual molestation.

The international request and the European Arrest Warrant are confirmed in accordance with the decision of the District Court.

30 November 2010
Julian Assange appeals the arrest warrant issued by Svea Court of Appeal to the Supreme Court.

2 December 2010
The Supreme Court takes a decision not to grant Julian Assange leave to appeal. The decision of the Svea Court of Appeal stands.

On the request of the British police, additional information is added to the European Arrest Warrant concerning the maximum penalty in Sweden for the crimes of sexual molestation and unlawful coercion.

British proceedings 

7 december 2010 
Julian Assange is arrested by British police.

16 December 2010
At a hearing on detention at Westminster Magistrates Court in London, the Court decides that Julian Assange should be granted bail.

7-8 February 2011
Hearing in London concerning surrender according to the European Arrest Warrant.

24 February 2011
The City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court makes a decision to grant the request for surrender of Mr. Julian Assange to Sweden. 

March 2011
Assange appeals the court's decision.

12-13 July 2011
Hearing in High Court in London concerning surrender according to the European Arrest Warrant.

2 November 2011
The High Court dismisses the appeal by Mr. Julian Assange against his extradition to Sweden.

5 December 2011
The Court grants Assange the right, within 2 weeks, to request leave to appeal to the UK Supreme Court. 

16 December 2011
The Supreme Court grants Mr. Assange leave to appeal. The Court will sit on 1 and 2 February 2012.

1-2 February 2012
Hearing in the Supreme Court of Great Britain concerning whether a prosecutor can be considered to have the legal authority to issue a European Arrest Warrant.

30 May 2012
The Supreme Court decides to uphold and grant the request to surrender Julian Assange to Sweden. The Court grants the defence 14 days to make an application to re-open the appeal.

12 June 2012
Assange requests the Supreme Court appeal to be re-opened.

14 June 2012
The Supreme Court dismisses the application to re-open the appeal. The Court also orders that the period for extradition shall not begin for 14 days.

19 June 2012 
Assange seeks political asylum at the Ecuadorean embassy in London.

16 August 2012
Ecuador grants Assange asylum.

Swedish proceedings 2014 - 2016

24 June 2014
Assange requests Stockholm District Court to review the detention order.

16 July 2014
Stockholm District Court decides that Julian Assange is to remain detained. 

12 September 2014
Assange appeals the ruling of the District Court regarding the detention.

23 September 2014
The prosecutors present a written comment over the appeal.

27 October 2014
New written comment from the prosecutors to the Svea Court of Appeal.The prosecutors still contest that the Court of Appeal should annul the detention of Julian Assange.

10 November 2014
The defense councils present a written comment over the prosecutors latest official letter.

20 November 2014
The Svea Court of Appeal decides that Julian Assange will still be detained in his absence.

8 December 2014
Assange appeals the decision from the Court of Appeal to the Supreme Court.

10 March 2015
The Supreme Court requests the Prosecutor-General's opinion concerning the detention.

13 March 2015
The prosecutors request Assange's consent to interview him in London.

24 March 2015
The Prosecutor-General submits a letter of response concerning the detention of Julian Assange to the Supreme Court.

16 April 2015
Assange consents, with some reservations, to be interviewed.

17 April 2015
The prosecutors ask Assange for clarifications.

11 May 2015
The Supreme Court decides that Julian Assange will still be detained in his absence.

29 May 2015
The prosecutors request legal assistance from the Ministry of Justice, to be able to interview Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy in London. The request is submitted by electronic mail to the Division for Criminal Cases and International Judicial Co-operation at the Ministry of Justice (BIRS).

1 June 2015
The prosecutors send the signed request for legal assistance by post. BIRS legalizes and translates the request, which is thereafter submitted to Ecuador.

16-17 June 2015
The assistant prosecutor, Chief prosecutor Ingrid Isgren, travels to London with the ambition to interview Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy. However, no permission is given and the interview cannot be performed.

13 August 2015
Investigation concerning Julian Assange discontinued in part

22 december 2015
A renewed request is submitted to Ecuador concerning permission to interview Julian Assange at Ecuador’s embassy in London.

January 2016 
In a reply, the Prosecutor-General of Ecuador has rejected, on formal grounds, the Swedish prosecutor’s request to interview Assange in London, as it refers to the request that was sent 29 May 2015.

22 February 2016
Assange requests Stockholm District Court to review the detention order.

8 March 2016
A renewed request is submitted to Ecuador, via the Swedish Ministry of Justice, concerning permission to interview Julian Assange at Ecuador’s embassy in London.

23-30 March 2016
Assange's lawyers complement the request to review the detention order.

30 March 2016
Stockholm District Court requests the prosecutors' opinion concerning the detention.

13 April 2016
The prosecutors have presented a written statement to the Stockholm District Court concerning the detention of Julian Assange. Assange’s lawyers have requested the Court to annul the detention order, which the prosecutors contest.

17 May 2016
The prosecutors have presented a written statement to the Stockholm District Court, concerning the detention of Julian Assange. 9 May Assange's lawyers requested the Court to annul the detention order, which the prosecutors contest.

25 May 2016
The Stockholm District Court decides that Julian Assange will still be detained in his absence.

8 August 2016
The Prosecutor-General of Ecuador informs that Ecuador accepts the prosecutors' request to interview Julian Assange at Ecuador's embassy in London.

9 August 2016
Julian Assange appeals the ruling of the District Court regarding the detention.

12 September 2016
The Court of Appeal will issue a decision in the case at 11.00 am on 16 September 2016.

14 September 2016
The General State Prosecutor of Ecuador informs that Julian Assange will be interviewed at the Ecuadorian embassy in London on Monday 17 October.

16 September 2016
The Court of Appeal decides that Julian Assange will still be detained in his absence.

13 October 2016
The General State Prosecutor of Ecuador informes that the interview with Julian Assange has been delayd until 14 November. The interview has been postponed to make it possible for Assange's lawyer to attend.  

14-15 November 2016
Julian Assange was interviewed at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. The interview was conducted by an Ecuadorian prosecutor.The results of the interview will later be reported from Ecuador to the Swedish prosecutors in a written statement. 

5 January 2017
Ecuadorian authorities have submitted a written report of the interview with Assange. The report will now be translated. Press release

15 March 2017
The prosecutors have received the greater part of the translation of the interview with Julian Assange from November. Press release

3 May 2017
Assange’s lawyers have requested the Stockholm District Court to review the detention order.

4 May 2017
The Stockholm District Court requests the prosecutors' opinion concerning the detention. An answer should be presented17 May at the latest.


19 May 2017
Director of Public Prosecution, Ms Marianne Ny, has today decided to discontinue the investigation regarding suspected rape (lesser degree) by Julian Assange. Press release