FILE PHOTO: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange gestures during a news conference at the Ecuadorian embassy in central London August 18, 2014. REUTERS/John Stillwell/File Photo
UPPSALA, Sweden (Reuters) – A court in Sweden on Monday rejected a request from prosecutors that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange be detained in absentia, complicating 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.
Reporting by Anna Ringstrom, Niklas Pollard and Simon Johnson