Swedish prosecutors have filed a request for the detention of Julian Assange over a rape allegation.

The warrant, if granted, would be the first step in a process to have the Wikileaks founder extradited from the UK, where he is serving a 50-week sentence for breach of bail conditions.

Sweden reopened an investigation into the rape allegation, first made in 2010, earlier this month.

The probe was shelved in 2017 because Assange was holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

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