Isgren will be able to ask for clarification of Assange’s answers, but cannot put fresh questions to him. The interview, which will be conducted with the aid of translators, will then be transcribed and sent to the Swedes.
According to the arrangements agreed by the two countries, the questioning will be carried out by an Ecuadorean prosecutor, putting questions that have already been submitted by the Swedish prosecution authority.
Ingrid Isgren, Sweden’s deputy chief prosecutor, arrived at the small central London embassy at 9.30am on Monday, accompanied by another woman, where she was met by dozens of photographers and film crews. She paused briefly for photographs but made no comment to waiting reporters.
The interview is a significant step forward in a case that has been locked in deadlock since Assange sought asylum in the small central London embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden over the allegation, which he denies.
A senior Swedish prosecutor has begun interviewing Julian Assange at #Ecuador’s embassy in London, six years after he was accused of rape by a woman in Stockholm.