Current press releases

2017

  • Case where the prosecutor wants to test whether an offence can be judged as rape.

    On Thursday November 30, 2 p.m., Uppsala District Court will announce the verdict in a case where a man, aged 41, has been indicted on charges of aggravated child rape, aggravated sexual abuse of children, exploitation of children for sexual posing, child pornography crimes amongst others. The prosecutors will be available for contact with the media after the verdict is announced. The suspect lives in Sweden and has made contact over the internet with young girls from the US, Canada and Scotland. By threatening the girls, he has persuaded them to perform sexual acts in front of the web cam that he has recorded. There are 27 victims in total. Nine of them have not been identified. All of the 18 identified victims were 15 years old or younger when the crimes were committed. So far, no one has been convicted of rape in Sweden when the sexual acts have been performed over the internet. “We are looking forward to receiving a judgement from the Uppsala District Court as to whether the sexual acts that the girls performed on themselves can be seen as rape. We believe that there is support in precedent cases for these actions to be considered as rape and that the circumstances in this case will give us that result. We believe that in such a serious crime as this one, it could be rape even if the suspect is not present in the same room where the sexual acts are performed,” says Public Prosecutor Annika Wennerström at the International Public Prosecution Office in Stockholm. Uppsala District Court, number B 3216-16 Contact The prosecutors will be available for media today 2.45 - 4 pm CET Thursday November 30. Annika Wennerström, Public Prosecutor and Head of Investigation +46 10 562 55 58 Emelie Källfelt, Public Prosecutor +46 10 562 55 59 Press service+46 10 562 50 20

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  • Stockholm District Court has granted the prosecutor more time to continue the preliminary investigation in the case concerning suspected terrorist crime at Drottninggatan on 7 April.

    The Court decided to grant the request without an oral hearing since the defender admitted the prosecutor's request. The new time limit for the prosecutor to bring charges in the case is set to 21 December 2017. Press service 46 10 562 50 20

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  • Stockholm District Court has granted the prosecutor more time to continue the preliminary investigation in the case concerning suspected terrorist crime at Drottninggatan on 7 April.

    The Court decided to grant the request without an oral hearing since the defender admitted the prosecutor's request. The new time limit for the prosecutor to bring charges in the case is set to 23 November 2017. Press service46 10 562 50 20

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  • On Thursday 12 October, the prosecutor decided to discontinue the investigations of a surgeon who was formerly employed at Karolinska University Hospital where he performed surgeries of tracheas.

    The two investigations of the surgeon concern five operations on four people during the period 2011-2013. The surgeon was notified of the suspicions against him concerning three counts of causing another's death, gross crime, alternatively causing bodily harm, gross crime, and one case of causing bodily harm, gross crime. Three out of the four individuals have since died. − We have reached the conclusion that four of the five operations were negligently carried out, as the surgeon performed the operations using synthetic tracheas, which is in conflict with science and tried-and-tested practice. However, we have been unable to prove that any crimes have been committed. We cannot prove that the effects of his actions, with sufficient degree of probability, would not have occurred had another method been used. Regarding the fourth individual, we are not of the opinion that the surgeon's actions were negligent. Expert medical opinion is not unanimous regarding what should have been done instead for these seriously ill individuals, which therefore has made the suspicions difficult to prove, says public prosecutor Jennie Nordin. Together with public prosecutors Anders Tordai and Leif Appelgren, Jennie Nordin has analysed a large amount of data. Approximately 80 interviews have been held in Sweden and abroad to obtain details for the investigations. − The investigations have been comprehensive with many complex medical issues, says Jennie Nordin. Decision, plaintiffs 1-3 (pdf) Decision, plaintiff 4 (pdf) Press service46 10 562 50 20

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  • Prosecutors and the police will hold a press conference on 12 October concerning the investigation of a surgeon who was formerly employed at Karolinska University Hospital where he performed surgeries of tracheas.

    The surgeon has been notified of the suspicions against him for three cases of causing another's death, gross crime, as well as causing bodily harm, gross crime, and one case of causing bodily harm, gross crime. The surgeries were performed between 2011 and 2013.At the press conference, the prosecutors will comment on the comprehensive investigation and share new information. Place, time and registration Place: Stockholm County Police, Kungsholmsgatan 45Time: 11 am Thursday 12 October, doors open at 10.30Registration: please contact [email protected] no later than 2pm Tuesday 10 October. Include press ID or certificate from editorial staff. Please note only accredited journalists can attend.Public Prosecutor Jennie Nordin, Public Prosecutor Anders Tordai and Detective Chief Inspector Jonna Aasma Prokop will attend the press conference. The prosecutors' presentation will be interpreted from Swedish into English. There will be opportunities for interviews after the presentation. Questions will also be interpreted from Swedish into English, and vice versa, if needed. The prosecutors will not give interviews at any other time than at the press conference. Press service46 10 562 50 20

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  • Deputy Chief Prosecutor Hans Ihrman, has today requested the Stockholm District Court to permit extended time to continue the investigation in the case concerning suspected terrorist crime at Drottninggatan on 7 April.

    The prosecutor has requested for an extension of time until 28 September 2017 to indict. A detention hearing will be held tomorrow Thursday 31 August at Stockholm District Court. For the time being, the prosecutor cannot provide further information. Court´s case number: B 4708-17 Press service46 10 562 50 20

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  • Stockholm District Court has granted the prosecutor more time to continue the preliminary investigation in the case concerning suspected terrorist crime at Drottninggatan on 7 April.

    The Court decided to grant the request without an oral hearing since the defender admitted the prosecutor's request. The new time limit for the prosecutor to bring charges in the case is set to 31 August 2017. Press service46 10 562 50 20

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  • Deputy Chief Prosecutor Hans Ihrman, has today requested the Stockholm District Court to permit extended time to continue the investigation in the case concerning suspected terrorist crime at Drottninggatan on 7 April.

    The prosecutor has requested for an extension of time until3 August to indict. A detention hearing will be held tomorrow Thursday 6 July at Stockholm District Court. For the time being, the prosecutor cannot provide further information. Court´s case number: B 4708-17 Press service46 10 562 50 20

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  • Senior Public Prosecutor Hans-Jörgen Hanström, has today requested the Stockholm District Court to permit extended time to continue the preliminary investigation in the case concerning suspected terrorist crime at Drottninggatan on 7 April.

    - Substantial investigative matters remain, such as further interviews, analyses, surveys and technical investigations, before the investigation can be completed, says Hans-Jörgen Hanström, Senior Public Prosecutor at the Swedish Prosecution Authority.The prosecutor has requested for an extension of time until July 6th to bring charges.For the time being, the prosecutor cannot provide further information.Court´s case number: B 4708-17 Press service46 10 562 50 20

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  • The investigation against Julian Assange is discontinued

    Director of Public Prosecution, Ms Marianne Ny, has today decided to discontinue the investigation regarding the suspected rape (lesser degree) by Julian Assange. The motive is that there is no reason to believe that the decision to surrender him to Sweden can be executed in the foreseeable future.

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    Director of Public Prosecution, Ms Marianne Ny, has today decided to discontinue the investigation regarding the suspected rape (lesser degree) by Julian Assange. The motive is that there is no reason to believe that the decision to surrender him to Sweden can be executed in the foreseeable future.

    - Almost 5 years ago Julian Assange was permitted refuge at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he has resided ever since. In doing so, he has escaped all attempts by the Swedish and British authorities to execute the decision to surrender him to Sweden in accordance with the EU rules concerning the European Arrest Warrant. My assessment is that the surrender cannot be executed in the foreseeable future, says Marianne Ny. According to Swedish legislation, a criminal investigation is to be conducted as quickly as possible. At the point when a prosecutor has exhausted the possibilities to continue the investigation, the prosecutor is obliged to discontinue the investigation. - At this point, all possibilities to conduct the investigation are exhausted. In order to proceed with the case, Julian Assange would have to be formally notified of the criminal suspicions against him. We cannot expect to receive assistance from Ecuador regarding this. Therefore the investigation is discontinued. - If he, at a later date, makes himself available, I will be able to decide to resume the investigation immediately, says Marianne Ny. As a result of the decision to discontinue the investigation, the prosecutor has reversed the decision to detain him in his absence and withdrawn the EAW. - In view of the fact that all prospects of pursuing the investigation under present circumstances are exhausted, it appears that it is no longer proportionate to maintain the arrest of Julian Assange in his absence. Consequently, there is no basis upon which to continue the investigation, says Marianne Ny. Translation of the decision (pdf) Case no. in Stockholm District Court:B 12885-10 Press service+46 10 562 50 20

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