Prosecutor slammed for holding back information

Sweden's Chancellor of Justice has rebuked a senior prosecutor for not disclosing information that could have been useful to the defence of lawyer Thomas Martinson, who was charged with receiving stolen goods.

“This was wrong, in my opinion,” said Chancellor of Justice Göran Lambertz to Swedish Radio.

“It is important that a prosecutor is objective during an investigation.”

Swedish Radio reported that chief prosecutor Stefan Bergman admits making a mistake.

Martinsson was accused of helping convicted murderer Tommy Zethraeus with money laundering following a robbery near Stockholm. Bergman did not inform Martinson’s lawyer that a witness had withdrawn testimony about the robbery.

The truth came out during the trial in any case, and Martinson was cleared at trial.