Swedish minister to Assange: turn yourself in

February 10, 2011

Sweden's justice minister says WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange should turn himself in for questioning in a Swedish rape investigation and has no reason to worry about getting a fair trial.

Beatrice Ask's comments reveal the irritation among senior Swedish officials at the arguments used by Assange's lawyers in fighting his extradition in a British court, where closing arguments are set for Friday.

Ask told AP on Thursday that "it's beyond doubt that we are very careful about the independence and quality of the justice system in this country."

She said Assange "is suspected, accused of a serious crime and should of course present himself for interrogation."

Assange met both accusers in connection with a seminar on free speech in Stockholm.