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Sweden drops some charges against Assange

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Some of the Swedish sexual assault charges against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange have been dropped, having reached their five-year statute of limitations.
A rape charge remains in the books, although Swedish prosecutors yesterday dropped charges for sexual assault and unlawful coercion.

A further charge of sexual molestation is due to reach its statute of limitations on 18 August, although the more serious rape charge will still run until 2020.

An Australian national, Assange is still in residence in the Ecuador embassy in London, where he fled to avoid being arrested by Swedish authorities.

He fears that if he is detained in Sweden he could be extradited to the US, where he would face charges relating to the leak of classified military and diplomatic documents in 2010.