The lawyer of WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange, Baltasar Garzon, said Sweden has "not a single reason" to reopen a rape case against Assange, during a conference held at the Cervantes Institute in Berlin on Tuesday.

"We’ve always thought that the cause behind the Swedish investigation was instrumental," said lawyer leading Assange’s defence Baltasar Garzon.

"There's not a single reason why they need to reopen the case. Why didn’t they reopen it four, five, ten months ago? The only thing that's changed now is that Assange is in jail, but the facts are the same," he added.

Commenting on the conditions in which Assange is being held, Garzon said that he is "alone in a cell and in extreme conditions of care," adding that he can’t even get a proper meeting with his lawyers.

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