UPDATE 1-Swedish prosecutor drops three Assange cases, rape case to continue

jueves 13 de agosto de 2015 06:29 GYT

* Prosecutor drops probe into three allegations

* Will proceed with investigation into rape allegation

* Assange repeats innocence (Adds prosecutor comment, background)

By Simon Johnson and Daniel Dickson

STOCKHOLM, Aug 13 (Reuters) - Swedish prosecutors said on Thursday they would push on with an investigation into an allegation of rape made in 2010 against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange after dropping probes into three other allegations as they had run out of time to bring charges.

Assange denies the accusations and has been holed up inside Ecuador's London embassy since June 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden. Ecuador has granted Assange asylum.

Three cases, of sexual molestation and unlawful coercion, against Assange lapsed because of a five year statute of limitation expiring on Thursday and next Tuesday. Another investigation into an allegation of rape has five more years to run.

"Julian Assange, on his own accord, has evaded prosecution by seeking refuge in the Embassy of Ecuador," Director of Public Prosecution Marianne Ny said in a statement.

"As the statute of limitation has run on some of the crimes, I am compelled to discontinue the investigation with respect to these crimes."   Continuación...