LONDON (AP) — More than 70 British legislators have urged the government to make sure WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange faces Swedish justice if prosecutors there reopen a rape allegation against him. The lawmakers signed a letter late Friday urging Home Secretary Sajid Javid to «do everything you can to champion action that will ensure Julian Assange can be extradited to Sweden in the event Sweden makes an extradition request.»

Best for Assange

Sweden suspended its investigation of serious sexual misconduct two years ago because Assange was beyond their reach while he was living in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London with political asylum status.He was arrested Thursday after Ecuador withdrew his asylum and is now in British custody facing an extradition request from the United States on charges of conspiring to break into a Pentagon computer.When he took up residence inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in 2012, it was to avoid answering the sexual allegations against him in Sweden, which had sought his extradition for questioning. He also sought refuge because of fears he would ultimately be extradited to the U.S.

Case could be reopened

Swedish prosecutors opened an investigation into Assange after two women accused him of sexual offenses during a 2010 visit to Sweden. Some of the sexual misconduct accusations are no longer viable because their time ran out. But Swedish prosecutors have said a rape caser could be reactivated before the statute of limitations ends in august 2020. After Assange`s arrest Swedish prosecutor Eva-Marie Person was tapped to to look into a request from a lawyer for one of the accuses to find out about the case. Trump said according to Associated Press,that the White House, «It’s not my thing. I know there is something having to do with Julian Assange. I’ve been seeing what’s happened with Assange and that will be a determination, I would imagine, mostly by the attorney general, who’s doing an excellent job. So I know nothing really about him, said Donald Trump, according to Associated Press.

Julien Assange photographed by Flickr

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