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'Missing' Swedish teen was held by police

Published: 15 Nov 2011 12:07 GMT+01:00
Updated: 15 Nov 2011 12:07 GMT+01:00

Swedish mother Marie had to wait five days to find out that the police had arrested her 18-year-old son, by which time she had already reported him as a missing person.

”As a parent in today's society, with all the stuff that goes on, you do get worried when your child fails to come home,” she told TT.

Her son, brought in under suspicion of making illegal threats and theft, had asked the officers at the time of his arrest if they could call his mother and let her know what had happened, so that she wouldn't be too worried.

The officers told him both that this had been done and that she sent her regards back to him.

However, according to Marie, no one had called her and the message she allegedly sent her son had been made up by the officers.

Five days after her son disappeared, after she had already reported him missing and had started to hear rumours that he might be held by police, she was informed of his whereabouts.

”I think it is terrible. Even if he is 18 he is still living at home and goes to high school. They really ought to let us know where he is. It was a terrible experience,” she told TT.

However, according to several lawyers that TT spoke to, it is not uncommon that police neglect to contact the families of those they arrest.

”It is fairly common that they don't bother,” said Staffan Berqvist from legal firm Advokatgruppen in Stockholm, to TT.

According to the local Sveriges Radio station P4 Jönköping, the Swedish Parliamentary Ombudsman (JustitieombudsmannenJO) is currently investigating several cases where police have failed to inform the families of those they have arrested of what has befallen them.

TT/The Local/rm (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

13:43 November 15, 2011 by JulieLou40
This beggars belief., especially if he's the sort of kid that regularly gets into trouble. I bet his poor mother was past herself with worry. The police in this case need their backsides kicked.
15:49 November 15, 2011 by Svensksmith
Gee, now I never had a problem with the police while I was in Sweden. I guess when you follow the law, that's the way it is.
20:13 November 15, 2011 by RobinHood
Swedish police today announced they have the following people in custody for various offences: Jimmy Hoffa, Raoul Wallenberg, Amelia Earhart, and the crew of the Mary Celeste.
22:43 November 15, 2011 by old git
self righteous prick #2
00:17 November 16, 2011 by Svensksmith
Just a guy who follows the law.
11:26 November 16, 2011 by Grokh
dont commit crimes and stuff like this wont happen its not that hard .
22:36 November 16, 2011 by Mark S.
Grokh is mistaken. It is not sufficient that you do not commit crimes. It is also necessary that you are not coincidentally in a place where a crime is comiitted, and that police do their job with due diligence.

In the US, my wife was on a jury where the defendant was accused of murder because somebody believed they saw him at the crime scene. In spite of the fact that there was little evidence, NO OTHER SUSPECTS WERE CONSIDERED. He was arrested an tried for murder on the basis of feeble evidence.

So next time you approve of the police mistreating a prisoner, try to remember that not everybody who gets arrested is guilty.
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