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Sweden Sets Date For Julian Assange Hearing

A Swedish court is set to hear on June 3 a prosecutor's request that WikliLeaks founder Julian Assange be detained in absentia on suspicion of rape, the first step in his possible extradition to Sweden.

The Uppsala district court issued the decision on Tuesday after deputy chief prosecutor Eva-Marie Persson and Assange's Swedish defence attorney, Per E Samuelsson, had proposed conflicting dates.

Persson had requested that the hearing take place on Wednesday, according to documents filed with the court.

Julian Assange arrives at Westminster Magistrates' Court. Source: Getty.

Samuelson, however, said he needed time to consult with Assange who is serving a 50-week sentence in Britain for skipping bail.

Persson announced last week that Sweden was to re-open a preliminary rape investigation into Assange that was dropped in 2017.

A request to re-open the probe was made April 11 by a lawyer who represents a woman who alleges that she was raped by Assange during a 2010 visit to Sweden. Assange has denied the allegation.