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Who’s who in the Assange sex case? (part two)

Marianne Ny has worked as a prosecutor with the Swedish Prosecution Authority since 1985. Since 2007 she is Deputy Directory of the Prosecution Development Centre in Gothenburg. The Gothenburg centre is one of three centres in Sweden tasked with study and innovation in different legal areas. She specializes in cases of child sex abuse and violence against women.

Erika Leijnefors is a Swedish prosecutor assisting Marianne Ny. She has had contact with Assange’s Swedish counsel, Björn Hurtig, who was trying to arrange a meeting between Assange and the police. According to Hurtig, this meeting did not take place Ny would not commit to it.

Maria Häljebo Kjellstrand was the prosecutor on duty when the Swedish Prosecution authority received a call from the police about accusations made to them by Anna Ardin and Sophia Wilen, the two women at the centre of the case. Kjellstrand’s husband, Per Kjellstrand, works in the office of the Swedish Minister for Justice Beatrice Ask. Ms Kjellstrand immediately issued an arrest warrant based on the information she received. She later received a phone call from the Swedish tabloid Expressen who had somehow got wind of the situation. It is not known at present how Expressen found out about the initial arrest warrant, but Swedish civil rights group Rättssäkerhetsorganisationen has filed a suit against Kjellstrand based on Swedish laws that confer a right to secrecy on the subject of an arrest warrant.

Eva Finne is a Chief Prosecutor with the Swedish Prosecution Authority. In late August, she reviewed and retracted the arrest warrant for Assange on the grounds that there was no evidence to back up the rape allegations. In a statement issued at the time, she said that she still intended to investigate the lesser charge of molestations. On the first of September, the case was reopened by Marianne Ny, Finne’s superior.

Anna Ardin is a a feminist and political activist. In her thirties, she is one of the women alleging sexual misconduct against Julian Assange. She previously worked as a gender equity officer at Uppsala University before taking a job as press officer with the Brotherhood, a Christian group within the Social Democratic Party. There has been speculation about her past involvement in a CIA-funded anti-Castro group.

Sophia Wilen is a photographer and an employee of the Enkoping town council. She is also associated with the “Brotherhood”, a group affiliated with the Swedish Social Democratic party, having volunteered to help out at an event at which Assange was speaking. She met Assange after this event and the events that ensued form the basis for the allegations against him.

James D. Catlin is a Melbourne barrister who represented Julian Assange in October. He has been a vocal critic of the charges against him, the Swedish laws on rape, and the irregularities in the prosecution of the case.—Broderskapsrorelsen/Var-politik-/,01.shtml,01.shtml