Swedish prosecutors will interview Julian Assange inside the Ecuadorian embassy next Monday over allegations of rape, it has been announced.
"Ecuador has granted the Swedish request for legal assistance in criminal matters and the interview will be conducted by an Ecuadorian prosecutor," the Swedish Prosecution Authority said in a statement.
The meeting could break a long deadlock between Swedish authorities and the Wikileaks founder that has seen Assange spend more than four years holed up inside the embassy to avoid extradition proceedings.
The Swedish assistant prosecutor, Chief Prosecutor Ingrid Isgren, and a Swedish police investigator have been allowed to be present at the interview. They will report the findings to Sweden.
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The decision maintains the legal demand for the 45-year-old Australian - who has sought refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in London for four years - to be extradited to Sweden over rape allegations.
"The Court of Appeal shares the assessment of the District Court that Julian Assange is still suspected on probable cause of rape," the court said, adding that it had seen no new information to justify setting the case aside.
Assange, who denies the allegations, filed the appeal request after a UN panel said in February his presence at the embassy amounted to arbitrary detention.
The panel said Assange should be allowed to leave and should also be awarded compensation after a six-year legal stand-off.
Assange said he fears further extradition to the United States, where a criminal investigation into the activities of Wikileaks is ongoing.
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Sweden has submitted a formal request to interview Julian Assange inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London over allegations of a sex attack.
The Wikileaks founder has been hiding out in the embassy for more than four years to avoid extradition to Sweden for questioning over the alleged offence, which he denies.
Ecuador confirmed that it was considering the request and will respond as soon as possible.
Mr Assange has long argued that he should be interviewed inside the embassy, a route Sweden had previously rejected.
He claims that an extradition could lead to him then being handed over to the US to face questions about his role in Wikileaks.
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