A Swedish court has declined to detain Wikileaks founder Julian Assange today, making it impossible for prosecutors to demand extradition from the UK.

The ruling by the Uppsala District Court doesn’t mean the preliminary investigation must be abandoned, only that Assange won’t be returned to Sweden any time soon.


Assange, who is facing rape charges in Sweden, is currently serving a year-long sentence in the UK for skipping bail by hiding in the Ecuadorian Embassy for seven years.

The decision means that British courts will no longer be asked to extradite Assange to Sweden over an alleged rape in Enkoping in 2010.