Press releases

2022

  • Two Men Indicted for gross Espionage

    Today the prosecutors Per Lindqvist and Mats Ljungqvist at the National Security Unit of the Swedish Prosecution Authority, have indicted two men for gross espionage on behalf of the Russian Federation. One of the men is also indicted for gross unauthorised handling of secret information.

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    Today the prosecutors Per Lindqvist and Mats Ljungqvist at the National Security Unit of the Swedish Prosecution Authority, have indicted two men for gross espionage on behalf of the Russian Federation. One of the men is also indicted for gross unauthorised handling of secret information.

    A major part of the information in the indictment is confidential. The prosecutors will therefore have limited possibilities to comment on the investigation. “It has been a complex investigation concerning a crime that is very difficult to investigate and the suspicion concerns very serious criminality directed against Sweden's intelligence and security system. The offense is serious as it concerns circumstances of major importance. The information that has been obtained, transmitted and divulged could, by the fact that if it comes into the hands of a foreign power, result in detriment to Sweden’s security”, says chief public prosecutor Per Lindqvist. The indicted men have been detained since September and November 2021 respectively. Contact Public prosecutor, Mats Ljungqvist, is available to the media today between 10.30 am and 4 pm, by phone +46 (0)10-562 54 29. The prosecutors will not be available to the media on any other time.       Press Service, +46 10 562 50 20

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  • For the first time, Sweden is contributing with prosecutorial expertise to the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

    Due to the war in Ukraine, Sweden has been asked by the International Criminal Court (ICC) to strengthen the organization in various missions. “Sweden was one of the first countries to respond when the request came. I am proud that our prosecutors can contribute in investigating war crimes at the ICC” says Prosecutor-General Petra Lundh. In September and October, three prosecutors will start their one-year assignments in The Hague. It has not yet been fully determined which of the ICC's investigations the Swedish prosecutors will work with. In addition to experience in war crimes investigations, the court requested prosecutors with experience in investigations into sexual offences, IT-related crime and crimes against children, as well as general experience in international work.       Press Service, +46 10 562 50 20

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  • Verdict in matter concerning War Crimes in Iran

    On Thursday 14 July at 1.30 pm, the Stockholm District Court will pass sentence in a case where an Iranian citizen is prosecuted for committing grave war crimes and murder in Iran in 1988. The prosecutors Kristina Lindhoff Carleson and Martina Winslow are available to the media after the verdict is announced by the court on Thursday afternoon.

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    On Thursday 14 July at 1.30 pm, the Stockholm District Court will pass sentence in a case where an Iranian citizen is prosecuted for committing grave war crimes and murder in Iran in 1988. The prosecutors Kristina Lindhoff Carleson and Martina Winslow are available to the media after the verdict is announced by the court on Thursday afternoon.

    The main hearing ended on 4 May, and the District Court decided that the suspect should remain in custody. Case number in the Stockholm District Court: B 15255-19. Press release when the prosecution was filed The prosecutors are available on Thursday for brief comments 15.00-17.00. Public prosecutor Kristina Lindhoff Carleson will be available by phone, +46 10 562 54 31. No pre- booked interviews. Public prosecutor Martina Winslow, is available for interviews in person. These must be registered in advance. Please send an inquiry to [email protected] no later than Thursday 14 July at 9 am.    Press Service, +46 10 562 50 20

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  • Appeal to the Court of Appeal in high-profile synthetic trachea case

    Director of Public Prosecution Mikael Björk, in consultation with Chief Public Prosecutor Jim Westerberg and Senior Prosecutor Karin Lundström-Kron, has today appealed the verdict of Solna District Court (16 June 2022) in the case where a former surgeon at Karolinska University Hospital was prosecuted with aggravated assault of three persons who had received synthetic trachea implants.

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    Director of Public Prosecution Mikael Björk, in consultation with Chief Public Prosecutor Jim Westerberg and Senior Prosecutor Karin Lundström-Kron, has today appealed the verdict of Solna District Court (16 June 2022) in the case where a former surgeon at Karolinska University Hospital was prosecuted with aggravated assault of three persons who had received synthetic trachea implants.

    The defendant was sentenced in the District Court to a conditional sentence for causing bodily harm in one of the cases. The prosecutors request, in the appeal of today, that the defendant be sentenced to imprisonment for three counts of aggravated assault or, alternatively, for causing bodily harm, aggravated offence. Even if the Court of Appeal accepts the District Court's assessment of the question of guilt, it is requested that the sentence will be set at imprisonment. “I consider that the defendant has been guilty of risk-taking of a serious nature in respect of all three injured parties. In all cases, the interventions were contrary to science and best practice. Furthermore, a wide range of circumstances clearly show that the interventions were research, as demonstrated by the evidence we have adduced. It seems clear to me that these have been completely unlawful human experiments and the penalty should be a long prison sentence, given the nature of the crime and the high penal value,” says Director of Public Prosecution Mikael Björk. According to the District Court's assessment, the judgment is based in its entirety on the necessity clause of the Penal Code. This is opposed by the prosecutors. “In our view, the three injured parties were not in danger within the meaning of the Penal Code. In order for an act to be considered necessary for the elimination of the danger, it should reasonably be required that the act in question can eliminate the threatening danger with some degree of probability. A completely unproven method involving the replacement of a vital organ with a plastic tube cannot be said to be of this kind,” says Chief Public Prosecutor Jim Westerberg. “I consider that the evidence adduced overwhelmingly supports the conclusion that in none of the three occasions there was a reasonably imminent danger that the three plaintiffs would die. One of many clear examples of this is that there was plenty of time for the synthetic tracheas to be manufactured in the UK and the US and then transported to Sweden for the planned operations," says Senior Prosecutor Karin Lundström-Kron. Case number in Solna District Court: B 10553-18. It is The Svea Court of Appeal that decides when the main hearing starts. The prosecutors are not available to the media. The appeal (in Swedish)  Press Service, +46 10 562 50 20

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  • On Thursday 16 June at 11 am Solna District Court will pass sentence in a case where a former surgeon is prosecuted for aggravated assault of three persons who had synthetic tracheas implanted. The prosecutors are available to the media in the afternoon.

    Chief Prosecutor Jim Westerberg and Senior Prosecutor Karin Lundström-Kron will be available to the media for short interviews on telephone Thursday 14-16 pm. You cannot pre-book interviews. Solna District Court case number: B 10553-18.  Contact  Jim Westerberg, interviews with Swedish media, +46 (0)10 562 70 54. Karin Lundström-Kron, interviews with Swedish and international media, +46 (0)10 562 72 10.   Press Service, +46 10 562 50 20

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  • The press conference with chief prosecutor Jim Westerberg and senior prosecutor Karin Lundström-Kron will be held at 11.30 AM

    Due to the fact that the trial has been postponed in the case where a former surgeon at Karolinska University Hospital is prosecuted for aggravated assault, the press conference with chief prosecutor Jim Westerberg and senior prosecutor Karin Lundström-Kron will be held at 11.30 AM. No pre-bookings can be made for the interviews.   Press Service, +46 10 562 50 20

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  • Prosecutors available to the media tomorrow at Solna District Court

    Chief Prosecutor Jim Westerberg and Senior Prosecutor Karin Lundström-Kron will be available tomorrow Wednesday for short media interviews concerning the case where a former surgeon at Karolinska University Hospital is prosecuted for aggravated assault of three people who had synthetic tracheas implanted at Karolinska University Hospital.

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    Chief Prosecutor Jim Westerberg and Senior Prosecutor Karin Lundström-Kron will be available tomorrow Wednesday for short media interviews concerning the case where a former surgeon at Karolinska University Hospital is prosecuted for aggravated assault of three people who had synthetic tracheas implanted at Karolinska University Hospital.

    Solna District Court case number: B 10553-18. Place and time Solna District Court, in a public space in the premises of the district court, on 4 May after the main hearing around 16:30. No pre registration is required. The prosecutors are only available in person in the district court.     Press Service, +46 10 562 50 20

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  • Tomorrow, Wednesday 27 April at 9 a.m, the main hearing starts in Solna District Court in a case where a former surgeon at Karolinska University Hospital is prosecuted for aggravated assault of three people who had synthetic tracheas implanted at Karolinska University Hospital. All three persons have deceased.

    Solna District Court case number: B 10553-18.  Chief Prosecutor Jim Westerberg and Senior Prosecutor Karin Lundström-Kron will be available for short media interviews at Solna District Court on 4 May at 5 p.m. Details concerning this will be announced next week. The prosecutors will not be available to the media before that.   Press Service, +46 10 562 50 20

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