Cops in the dock

It was smiles all round in Stockholm's criminal community this week, as the tables were turned on two senior police officers. Stockholm’s police commissioner was facing charges for trying to trace the source of a leak to the press. In a separate development, a former senior officer was jailed for his involvement with a drugs and gun network.

Olle Liljegren, a 35 year old senior policeman, was found by a court in Eskilstuna to have knowingly allowed two consignments of cocaine into Sweden, Dagens Nyheter reported. The prosecution argued that he did this in order that the traffickers would later try and slip a larger consignment past him, and he would then be able to pounce, winning glory for himself.

Liljegren, who denied the charges against him, was tried together with a 34-year old man, who had been hired by Olle Liljegren and the police force to infiltrate the drugs network.

Olle Liljegren had claimed at the trial that he had no control over the 34-year old, and that the infiltrator was acting alone. Liljegren told the court that the 34-year old’s evidence against him was simply an attempt to hide his own guilt. However, the court found both men guilty on a number of drugs and weapons charges. The police officer was given four years in jail, while his accomplice was sentenced to three years.

Prosecutors maintained that Liljegren never profited personally from the drugs trade, and simply wanted to fight the narcotics business. However, Aftonbladet reported after the trial that the police officer “lived a life of luxury and had frequent contact with criminals.”

If some reports are to be believed, Liljegren could soon be joined in the cells by a distinguished former colleague. Stockholm’s police commissioner has been charged with illegally attempting to identify the source of a leak to the media. But the lawyer representing Carin Götblad told the media that the commissioner “denies all charges”.

The leaked information revealed details about an ongoing arson investigation which appeared in the newspaper, Nynäshamns Posten. The article in NP was said to be “clearly based on the unpublished police report”.

Carin Götblad is alleged to have conducted an interrogation with the suspected source of the leak in which she tried to force a confession. Expressen reported that the exact question was, “Were you the one who released the interrogation minutes?”

But that apparently reasonable question could, if tabloid headlines are to be believed, land Götblad in jail. According to the Swedish right of free speech, the authorities are not allowed to trace media sources under any circumstances.

The commissioner herself denies that she did anything wrong.

“My point was to investigate the manner in which confidential and top secret cases were handled in order to avoid unauthorized actions,” she said.

Her spokeswoman, Stina Wessling, told Expressen “[Carin] says that the case must be tried and will not comment further while the case is pending.”