The Assange case: The prosecutor has not declined offers for interviews

The Swedish version of the Freedom of Information Act, Offentlighets och sekretesslagen, is a law for openness and transparency. It guarantees ordinary people the right to see government documents so people can be well informed and check what is going on.

In the Assange case all the documents released from the police are lawfully released under the “Offentlighets och sekretesslagen”. There are no leaks from the police. The only confirmed leak is the Detention Memorandum (Häktningspromemoria) that was leaked by Julian Assange’s lawyers. Even though the first page states “Please notice that the documents are legally privileged information for Mr Julian Assange and nobody else” it did not stop the English legal team from leaking the documents to the public.

Since some people are convinced that there is foul play involved in the Assange case numerous requests under the Offentlighets och sekretesslagen have been made. The latest released documents are the contacts between the prosecutor Marianne Ny and Julian Assange’s lawyer Björn Hurtig. The documents does not indicate any foul play. On the contrary, it indicates that Julian Assange is not telling the truth.

Julian Assange and his lawyers claim that they have proposed many dates for interviews. Proposals that all have been declined by the prosecutors. In an e-mail to Julian Assange’s lawyer, Björn Hurtig, on 15 November the prosecutor clearly points out that no proposals for interviews after 21 September have been declined.

“Regarding the dates suggested we have said that we would like to see the it happen earlier but we have not said no to any proposed times. We have been prepared but as far as I understand from the frequent contacts between you on the one hand, and me and Erika Lejnefors on the other, you have not been able to confirm that Assange would come in for an interview. It has also been shown time after time that he did not come in the dates that have been mentioned.”

 

What we now know about the proposed interviews

With the latest documents we can make a much better time line of events from early September until 18 November when a warrant for Julian Assange’s arrest was issued at Stockholm’s Tingsrätt.

On  8 and 15 September Björn Hurtig talked to Marianne Ny. On both of these occasions Björn Hurtig asked for Julian Assange to be interviewed. The response was to the effect “not right now”. One can say that these “offers” were declined. The reason given on the 15th was that one police officer was sick. There was no indication at this time that Julian Assange was not going to be interviewed.

When the prosecutor was finished with the interviews of witnesses on 20 September she made immediate efforts to interview Julian Assange. She contacted Björn Hurtig on 21 September and made an appointment for an interview on the 23rd. Julian Assange was uncontactable and a new agreement was made for an interview for the 28th. Julian Assange was still uncontactable. On 27 September he left Sweden for Berlin.

On 30 September Björn Hurtig proposed that Julian Assange could come in for an interview on the 10 or 14 of October.

Since the prosecutor knew Julian Assange was scheduled for a seminar on 6 October she sent a text message to Björn Hurtig on 5 October and asked for an interview 4:30 pm on 6 October. Julian Assange did not appear for the seminar and the interview had to be canceled.

At this time the prosecutor made several attempts to arrange for interviews since it was believed that Julian Assange was in Sweden for the seminar and a demonstration. All these efforts were in vain since Julian Assange refused to return to Sweden. Finally it was agreed that Julian Assange should come in for an interview on 14 October.

On 12 October Björn Hurtig contacted Marianne Ny and told her that Julian Assange was again uncontactable. He was then informed that she would get a warrant for Julian Assange’s arrest and issue an Interpol Red Notice if Julian Assange did not come in for an interview voluntarily.

 More revelations

The documents reveal more details that are not well known yet. Already on 9 November 2010 Björn Hurtig was informed that the prosecutor planned to get an arrest warrant for Julian Assange. That is the reason Björn Hurtig sent the prosecutor an e-mail on 15 November 11:37 am asking for among other things the complete case files in a language Julian Assange understands. This request was again denied with reference to 23 kap 18 § 1 st Rättegångsbalken. Disclosure of the full case file would be detrimental to the investigation.

Conclusion

From the released documents it is evident that Julian Assange has avoided interviews on many occasions. It looks like Julian left Sweden to avoid being interviewed as Judge Riddle concluded.

It is also evident that the prosecutor has not declined any proposals for interviews after 21 September contrary to Assange’s legal team’s claims.

Why Julian Assange for so long has been trying to deceive people of what really happened in the autumn of 2010 I don’t know. He if anybody should know that people will find out the truth sooner or later. It is funny that Sweden’s version of transparency and openness, Offentlighets och sekretesslagen, shows that Julian Assange is having serious problems with the truth.

4 thoughts on “The Assange case: The prosecutor has not declined offers for interviews

  1. *Something confuses me here. If there was a warrant for Julian Assange’s arrest issued on the day he left Sweden, 27 September 2010, then why was the Swedish prosecution attempting to organise voluntary and negotiable interview dates after that time. Surely, Assange would have been arrested the moment he stepped off his plane on Swedish territory.

    • From Agreed Statement of Facts and Issues, paragraph 20:
      “At around the same time [October and November], the prosecutor stated that, notwithstanding the extant arrest warrant, that the Appellant was ‘not a wanted man’ and would be able to attend an interview ‘discreetly’.”

      In a text message to Björn Hurtig from prosecutor Ny on 5 October she says “Hello! Could you and A come in for an interview tomorrow at around 16:30? Kind regards, Marianne Ny”. This text indicates to me that the arrest order (“anhållan”) was not communicated to border police. It seems like the prosecutor thought that Julian was in Sweden at the time.

      Why then was Julian secretly arrested in absentia (“anhållen i sin frånvaro”) on 27 September? I don’t really know. I am sure we will find out.

  2. Marianne Ny was giving Hurtig the version that JA was a free man, because she thought and belived that Hurtig didn´t know about the secret arrest, that he found out around the 30th from another source. To make it simple, she was sending sms as nothing had happened.

    Gottfrid Swartholm ftom The pirat bay just experienced a similar situation, he was more or less kidnapped from Cambodja with the fact that he never returned for a 1 year sentence in jail, as soon as he placed his feet on swedish soil, he was charged with other stuff and is now in a maximun security jail, and even his mother had a very hard time to be able to visit him. The charges this guy is facing is a joke, 2 other suspects has been released from jail but Swartholm is totally isolated, due to the fact that he been a member of wikileaks before.

    So the sms between Hurtig and Ny is just a charade, it has been confirmed by a local police that the arrest was in an old log and that the type of arrest also gets sent out to all borders as Julian is a forigner and therefore is a high risk element of leaving the country, why they did not act is another story.

    The arrest issue in Swedish from the prosecutor office:

    Tidpunkt för beslutet att anhålla Julian Assange i hans frånvaro är fattat den 27 september 2010 kl. 14:15.

    E.u.

    Britt Svensson
    Åklagaradministratör
    Åklagarmyndigheten
    Utvecklingscentrum Göteborg

    Btw Göran, once again your posted two documents that origins from undermattan.com blogg. Even as it is a public document, you should at least give undermattan credit instead of just taking his work and post it yourself. Your attacks on all involved in this mess and ripping documents without credit has given you a very bad name, in fact you are also lying, but that you will never agree on, but you could start explain yourself in the matter of those mails released by Mary Rose Elenore Eng.

     

    • The prosecutor Marianne Ny was asked by Björn Hurtig on 14 September “På grund därav ställer jag frågan om det reses något hinder mot att han för en kortare tid lämnar landet” (… is it ok for Julian to leave the country for a short period of time). On 15 September she replied that there were no force measures that prevented Julian Assange from leaving Sweden for a short period of time. Her statement can never be interpreted as if Julian Assange was cleared of suspicion and that he was a free man. Even you should know that.

      On 15 September Björn Hurtig did not know about any secret arrest. That is correct. Neither did Marianne Ny. Julian Assange was not arrested in secret until 14:15 on 27 September.

      I have so far not seen any evidence that shows that the secret arrest of Julian was communicated to the border police. If you can show that it was the case please provide some type of documentation.

      Your description of Gottfrid Swartholm’s case is full of errors. He was deported from Cambodia because his residence permit had expired. I understand from your comment that you think that Gottfrid is charged with crimes and that you think the charges are jokes. This must mean that you think Julian Assange is charged as well. At least something we agree on.

      It is correct that the documents I have published are from undermattan’s website.

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