One reason the Assange case looks complicated is that Julian Assange and his legal team lie and misrepresent facts. For instance, they deny the fact that he’s been charged, they deny that he left Sweden to avoid interviews and they try to hide the fact that he had conditions for interviews. In two articles I have shown that Jennifer Robinson and Per E Samuelsson are very liberal with the truth, to say the least.
Another reason the case seems complicated is that the Swedish Prosecution Authority hasn’t explained the Swedish Criminal Procedure in terms easily understood. The Prosecutor General Anders Perklev is satisfied the English Judges have ruled correctly. I don’t think that is enough. It is important that justice is done. But is even more important that it can be seen to be done.
Finally, the Prosecutor Marianne Ny is not the best of communicators. She denied Björn Hurtig’s request for interviews in England with the words “For investigative reasons” it is not an option. Not a very good explanation.
For a long time Julian Assange and his lawyers have demanded that Julian Assange should be interviewed in England using Mutual Legal Assistance, MLA. They claim it is common that MLA is used in cases like his. Since the legal team makes this claim it is most likely not the full truth. “Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted in important matters.”
In this article I will take a look at Mutual Legal Assistance and try explain what it is for and when it is used. It is not used in cases like Julian Assange’s and I will explain why. Continue reading