Assange's lawyer, Per E. Samuelson, said Monday that his client would "be happy" to learn he won't be extradited to Sweden, the Associated Press reported. "We are happy" with the ruling, Samuelson said.
Assange was arrested by British authorities on April 11 and carried out of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he was sheltered for almost seven years. His arrest came after Ecuador rescinded Assange's asylum claim due to "repeated violations to international conventions and daily life."
He took refuge in the embassy in 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden over the aforementioned sexual misconduct allegations. Assange has maintained his innocence in connection to the sex abuse allegations, casting it as a ploy for his eventual extradition to the United States, which accuses him of violating the Espionage Act for his role in the release of thousands of secret government documents stolen and provided to WikiLeaks by former U.S. Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning.
Sweden discontinued its sexual misconduct investigation into Assange in May 2017, as the fugitive WikiLeaks founder holed up in Ecuador's embassy. The country announced last month that it will reopen its investigation.
The Swedish court's decision means the U.S. will not have to compete with Sweden over which extradition request is given priority.
Eva-Marie Persson, Sweden's deputy director of public prosecutions, said she has not decided whether to appeal but suggested the investigation will continue.
"I will also issue a European Investigation Order in order to interview Julian Assange," Persson said, adding that she hasn't decided on a date for the questioning in England.
Assange is wanted in Sweden on suspicion of "intentionally having carried out an intercourse" with an unnamed woman "by unduly exploiting that she was in a helpless state because of sleep," the Associated Press reported, citing court documents.
He reportedly faces a maximum of four years in prison in Sweden if he is convicted of rape.