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Swedish prosecutors to interview Assange next week

Assange has spent more than four years in Ecuador's embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden. Credit: PA

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.