The Prosecutor-General is of the opinion that Julian Assange should continue to be detained in his absence, however would endorse the Supreme Court’s adjudication on the question.
Given the fact that Julian Assange has appealed the detention on remand from the Svea Court of Appeal, the Prosecutor-General, on request, has submitted a letter of response to the Supreme Court. In the letter of response, the Prosecutor-General acknowledges that more than four years have elapsed since the original detention order. In the way the case has developed, it has come to contain a number of difficult considerations where different interests are opposed to each other. It would be valuable if the Supreme Court would give its view on those considerations. The Supreme Court has not previously given its view on how to regard a situation where a suspect is detained in his absence, but the decision cannot be executed.