Re: The Emperor has no clothes?
The rape charges still stand in Sweden. For the next 4 years or so, til the statute of limitations runs out on them.
They've just given up persuing it.
They can get the old European Arrest Warrant out of the filing cabinet, dust it off, cross out the charges that have expired and get it faxed to the Met in an hour or so. If he's in the cells overnight awaiting his bail-jumping hearing, that's enough time.
So he can't leave, if he wants to avoid going to Sweden. Short of being smuggled out - at which point we might get pissed off and expel Ecuador's ambassador for doing it.