Police inspector freed by Appeals Court

A police inspector who was jailed for four years in October for his apparent involvement in a weapons and drugs network has been released by the Svea Appeal Court.

Olle Liljegren, 35, was said by his lawyer to be “overjoyed” by the decision, despite the fact that there are still outstanding charges against him.

“The Appeal Court has decided that the inspector is still with reasonable cause suspected of certain crimes, but there is no reason for him to be kept in custody,” said Robert Schött, one of the court’s judges.

Liljegren has been in prison for eleven months, including seven months on remand before the trial at Eskilstuna district court. There, he was found guilty of a string of offences, including serious breach of duty, being an accomplice in serious narcotics crimes and serious weapons offences.

According to Dagens Nyheter, the chief prosecutor Katarina Johansson Welin argued that Liljegren gave a submachine gun back to a robber and that he had sold pistols to other criminals. He was also alleged to have knowingly allowed two consignments of cocaine into Sweden.

But the Appeal Court said that there was a lack of evidence for the guilty verdict on the drugs charges – and most of the weapons charges – to stand. However, Swedish Radio noted that he is still suspected of serious weapons offences.

He is accused of keeping illegal weapons in his office and taking an acquaintance for “improvised shooting practice”. The full judgement is expected on March 15th.

In the original trial, an informer who was allegedly allowed by Liljegren to smuggle cocaine from Holland into Sweden was sentenced to three years in prison. He is still there, and his lawyer, Nils Uggla, told Swedish Radio that this case would make it harder for police to use informers.

“If other informers and infiltrators find out how police have treated my client, I believe that they’re going to find it very difficult to get this kind of assistance in future,” he said.

“That will naturally impede the fight against crime.”

Meanwhile, Liljegren’s lawyer, Per Liljekvist, questioned the prosecution’s objectivity in the case and told DN that he wants an investigation.

“We are going to propose that the justice ombudsman goes through all the decisions from the prosecutors and what directives they got from above,” he said.

While the police inspector is now free, he is facing an internal investigation into allegations that he set a trap for a person in the Dalarna police force, who was suspected of leaking information to criminals. But Per Liljekvist brushed off the matter on his client’s behalf, saying that nothing would come of that either.

“His honour is restored,” he told Aftonbladet.

Sources: Dagens Nyheter, Aftonbladet, SR


Sweden’s ‘snippa’ rape case to go to the High Court

When Sweden's appeals court threw out a guilty verdict in a child rape case over the meaning of 'snippa', a child's word for a vagina, it caused a scandal in Sweden. Now, the Swedish Supreme Court wants to hear from the Court of Appeals about its decision.  

Sweden's 'snippa' rape case to go to the High Court

Attorney General Petra Lundh criticised the appeals court for “a number of serious miscarriages of justice” in the way it dealt with the case. 

The man had been sentenced to three years imprisonment in 2021 after the district court heard how he, in the prosecutor’s words, had “by sticking his hand inside the plaintiff’s shorts and underwear, holding his hand on the the girl’s ‘snippa’ and having a finger inside her ‘snippa’, performed a sexual act” on her. 

The girl’s testimony was found to be credible, in part because she had told her mother about the incident on their way home.

But in February this year, the appeals court threw out the conviction, arguing that it was unclear what the girl means by the word snippa, a word taught to Swedish children to refer to female genitalia.

Despite agreeing with the district court that the man had touched the girl between her legs and inserted his finger into her snippa, the court found that it could not be determined whether the girl was referring to her vulva or to her vagina.

If the man had inserted his finger into her vagina, that would have met the standard to be classified as rape. Because the girl said that his finger was “far in”, but could not state exactly how far, the appeals court found that it could not establish beyond doubt that the man had inserted his finger in her vagina and not her the vulva.

Because no lower-grade charges, such as sexual abuse or molestation, had been filed against the man, the appeals court could not consider other offences.

This week, the Attorney General lodged a complaint with the Supreme Court against the appeal court’s decision. Now the Swedish Supreme Court has given the appeals court until April 12 to explain its decision-making in the case.

The Supreme Court has not decided whether it will hear an appeal against the decision to clear the man of rape charges.