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Swedish police accused of concealing evidence

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Swedish prosecutors and police have illegally withheld evidence from courts and defence counsel in several hundred cases, according to lawyer Per Althin and public prosecutor Nils-Eric Schultz in a debate article published in Dagens Nyheter on Sunday.

Lawyer Per Althin and public prosecutor Nils-Eric Shultz also argued that significant documentation concerning entrapment and police raids have been concealed or destroyed.

They also alleged that police chiefs have made arbitrary decisions over entrapment activities.

The pair concluded that at least one defence lawyer is preparing a case for submission to the European Court of Justice after their client was convicted following an entrapment by a paid police informant.

According to Althin and Schultz 'the Swedish model' is not compatible with regulations stipulated in the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.

The Convention states that all material of significance to a case must be presented before the court.

The pair argued the case of the establishment of a 'truth commission' to wipe the slate clean.

"There are no legal grounds for these activities. No secrecy laws, emergency laws nor any extreme exceptional circumstances permit the police or prosecutors to conceal evidence from the defence and the courts," Schulz and Althin wrote in Dagens Nyheter.

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