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Assange’s lawyer attacks Sweden for reopening rape investigation

Assange’s lawyer attacks Sweden for reopening rape investigation

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By Rebecca Taylor, news reporter An investigation into a rape allegation against Julian Assange is to be reopened as prosecutors say there is "probable cause" of an offence.Swedish prosecutors will begin looking again at the case against Assange, who is currently in Belmarsh Prison serving a 50-week sentence for jumping bail, and will seek his extradition from the UK. Assange was accused of rape and sexual assault against two women in 2010.However, the statute of limitations expired on one of those allegations in 2015, while he was living in the Ecuadorean embassy in London, and the Swedish prosecutor dropped the rape investigation in 2017. Image: Swedish prosecutor Eva-Marie Persson announced the reopening of the c...
Liam Neeson sparks race row over rape comments

Liam Neeson sparks race row over rape comments

Entertainment
Liam Neeson has sparked a race row after making comments about once wanting to kill a black person.He says he walked the streets with a weapon, hoping to kill someone as revenge after someone close to him was raped by a black man. The actor, who was promoting his new film Cold Pursuit, told the Independent that "there's something primal" when you become angry.The BBC has contacted Liam Neeson's representatives for comment.In the interview, he said: "God forbid you've ever had a member of your family hurt under criminal conditions. I'll tell you a story. This is true."Neeson said the alleged rape took place a long time ago and he found out about it when he came back from a trip abroad. The actor went on to use racially offensive ...
Face-to-face with child soldiers told to rape and kill in South Sudan

Face-to-face with child soldiers told to rape and kill in South Sudan

World
By Alex Crawford, special correspondent, in Yambio, South Sudan Sky News has been given special access to child soldiers in the east-central African country of South Sudan - and found worrying signs that some may return to fighting if conditions don't improve soon.Our inquiries also found repeated examples of rape being used as a weapon of war, and we have also spoken to the child soldiers ordered to carry out those rapes. A peace deal and ceasefire agreed by the warring parties last year is still holding, prompting hundreds of child recruits to run away from their captors, while others have been freed. But a further 19,000 children are estimated to still be in captivity in the bush working for the different militias. ...
Women protest acquittal in Irish rape case by showing their underwear

Women protest acquittal in Irish rape case by showing their underwear

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Women in Ireland and on social media are showing their underwear as a sign of protest over the acquittal in a rape case where the defense used the victim’s underwear as evidence of consent. On Nov. 6, a 27-year-old man who was accused of raping a 17-year-old girl was acquitted after his defense attorney showed the girl’s underwear as evidence, prompting hundreds of Irish women to take to the streets in protest over what they say is victim blaming. During the trial in Cork, Ireland, defense attorney Elizabeth O’Connell presented jurors with a lacy thong worn by the girl on the night of the alleged incident, according to The Irish Examiner. O’Connell asked jurors, “Does the evidence out-rule the possibility that she was attracted to the defendant and was op...