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Julian Assange's questioning by Sweden delayed

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange on the balcony of the Ecuadorean embassy in London (file photo - August 2012) Image copyright Reuters
Image caption Julian Assange has been taking refuge in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London since 2012

Swedish prosecutors seeking to question Wikileaks founder Julian Assange say they are considering whether to submit a renewed request to Ecuador.

Mr Assange has been living in Ecuador's embassy in London since 2012.

He sought refuge in the embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he faces allegations of sexual assault against two women in 2010.

He denies the accusations and says he fears Sweden would extradite him to the US for possible trial there.

Swedish prosecutor Marianne Ny said in a statement that her office had received a letter from Ecuador.

In it, Ecuador rejected "for formal reasons" Sweden's request to question Mr Assange in the Ecuadorean embassy in London.

Ecuadorean Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino said Sweden had acted disrespectfully when it sent its request, which he said was full of crossed out lines and was a simple re-issue of a previous document.

Ecuador also suggested that its officials conduct the interview with Mr Assange and asked Swedish prosecutors for a list of questions.

Ms Ny said that Sweden was currently considering its response.

Assange assault claims: Key dates:

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  • August 2010 - Swedish Prosecutor's Office issues arrest warrant for Mr Assange over sex assault allegations, which he denies
  • May 2012 - UK's Supreme Court rules he should be extradited to Sweden to face questioning
  • June 2012 - Mr Assange enters the Ecuadorean embassy in London
  • August 2012 - Ecuador grants asylum to Mr Assange, saying there are fears his human rights might be violated if he is extradited
  • August 2015 - Swedish prosecutors drop their investigation into two allegations - one of sexual molestation and one of unlawful coercion because they have run out of time to question him. He still faces an accusation of rape and continues to deny the allegations
  • December 2015 - Ecuador agrees to let Mr Assange be questioned in its embassy in London
  • January 2016 - Ecuador rejects a request by Sweden to question Mr Assange "for formal reasons"

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