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Trustor case reopened and closed

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15:24 CET+01:00
Stockholm District Court decided on Tueday to drop the charges against Thomas Jisander for his involvement in the Trustor fraud scandal.

The court ruled that Jisander's case has already been tried and saw no reason to retry the case. The public prosecutor intends appealing the district court's decision.

The retrial of Thomas Jisander ended almost before it had even begun. Just one week into fresh court proceedings the district court ruled that the 2002 appeals court decision to free Jisander of all charges should stand.

On the first day of the retrial defence lawyer Leif Silbersky questioned the value of renewed court proceedings. All of the evidence presented as "new" by the current prosecutor, Berndt Berger, was already known to the prosecutor in the original case, Bo Skarinder.

"This has already been tried," said a relieved Jisander, who believes that it was a matter of prestige for the Swedish National Economic Crimes Bureau to reopen the case.

Berger immediately announced that he would be appealing the decision.

Jisander had been facing charges for instigating serious fraud as well as major tax offences.

He now has to prepare for a meeting with the Swedish Enforcement Administration in March to discuss his 80 million kronor tax debt.

Thomas Jisander currently lives in Italy.

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