Swedish officials will meet their Ecuadorian counterparts on Monday to find
a way for Swedish prosecutors to question WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange over a rape
"It is the first time that we are going to meet and we will discuss a general agreement for
judicial cooperation between the two countries," Swedish justice ministry official Cecilia
Riddselius told AFP on Friday.
The move comes just two weeks after Swedish prosecutors dropped a sexual assault probe
against Assange after the time limit on the case expired, but said they still want to
question him about a rape allegation.
Assange has been holed up since 2012 at Ecuador's embassy, which is under 24-hour police
guard and close to London's upscale department store Harrods.
The 44-year-old Australian fears that if he leaves he could eventually face extradition to
the United States and a trial over the leak of hundreds of thousands of classified military
and diplomatic documents in 2010.