May 13, 2019 / 12:12 PM / 14 days ago

Swedish lawyer urges prosecutor to move quickly in Assange investigation

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - A lawyer representing the victim in a rape investigation involving WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange on Monday urged Swedish prosecutors to move quickly with their inquiries with a statute of limitations looming next year.

Swedish Deputy Chief Prosecutor Eva-Marie Persson said earlier on Monday she would reopen a rape investigation involving Assange.

“She is going to be forced to take steps quickly to ensure that we have time to get a potential criminal charge in this case,” lawyer Elisabeth Massi Fritz told a news conference.

“My client feels great gratitude and she is very hopeful about getting restitution and we both hope that justice will win.”

Reporting by Anna Ringstrom and Simon Johnson, writing by Niklas Pollard; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky

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