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Assange in Sweden: The Police Protocol (Translated)
Testimony of the three proponents and statements by nine witnesses.
STOCKHOLM/LONDON (Rixstep) — Sofia Wilén and Anna Ardin arrived at the Klara police station in downtown Stockholm on Friday afternoon 20 August 2010. There are varying stories even from the girls themselves about what they were up to.
Thanks to a breach of office by prosecutor Maria Häljebo Kjellstrand, the bizarre story was a world sensation only a few hours later.
The chief claimant broke down when she heard her former lover was arrested in absentia and hunted on the streets of Stockholm. It's not known if she ever completed her interrogation, had it read back, or approved it.
Chief prosecutor Eva Finné dismissed all allegations but one (and rescinded the arrest warrant) eight minutes short of twelve hours later. The final allegation was to disappear sometime the following week.
But as everyone now knows, some very powerful forces in Sweden saw to it the case was reopened. And then the fun really began.
The translations of the official police protocol in the preliminary investigation into the allegations against Julian Assange are from documents current at the end of November - several days after Swedish prosecutor Marianne Ny began trying to correctly fill out a 'red notice' European Arrest Warrant (EAW) against Julian Assange.
The extradition hearing of Julian Assange is to take place on 7-8 February in Belmarsh. The court is to consider only 'process' - and its abuse by the Swedes.
Any court proceedings in Sweden should be based on the documents translated below. But the current climate in Sweden really means a Swedish court will likely go for a 'PC' verdict instead.
And of course, given Sweden's record of collaborating with the US embassy and the CIA in rendition operations...
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The Protocol (Translated)
Testimony: Sofia Wilén
Testimony: Anna Ardin
Testimony: Julian Assange
(The numbers in parentheses are the days elapsed from the time of the case filing on 20 August until the witnesses were called.)
The Assange Police Protocol: Translator's Note
If I am able to reveal what I know, everyone will realise this is all a charade. If I could tell the British courts, I suspect it would make extradition a moot point.
- Björn Hurtig
I can tell you that the Swedish prosecution still hasn't provided copies of those SMS texts that have been referred to. Those texts are some of the most powerful exculpatory evidence. In Australia prosecutors have a very grave duty to disclose such evidence to courts when seeking the grave exercise of a court's power against an individual. Yet in Sweden in this case, in the first hearings to obtain an arrest warrant, those texts were not submitted to the Swedish court, which is highly improper.
- James Catlin
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