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Threats force judge out of teen pimping trial

TT/The Local · 28 Sep 2010, 10:54

Published: 28 Sep 2010 10:54 GMT+02:00

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Monica Nebelius, who was appointed to lead the proceedings when the trial of the ten men was due to start last week, was replaced by Björn Hansson when the trial eventually opened on Monday.

It was reported that Nebelius had been taken ill and would not be able to proceed with the assignment. But the judge has now confirmed that in fact it was threats directed against her which caused her to accede to police advice and withdraw.

"It was directed against both myself and my family. I can't live at home at the moment," Nebelius told the TT news agency.

Nebelius was unwilling to go into further detail over the threats, except to say that she is in receipt of continual updates from the police and hopes that she will be able to return to work at the district court as a soon as possible.

"I presume that I will be back at work as soon as possible. It is a just a question of getting going, there is no more to it than that," she said.

Nebelius is not alone among those involved in the case who have been on the receiving end of threats. The prosecutor Ulrika Rogland has been assigned bodyguards.

The high-profile trial opened to tumultuous scenes, and the head of the district court, Eva Wendel Rosberg, had to impose tight security around the court and the surrounding area on Stortorget in central Malmö.

The replacement judge, Björn Hansson, has been assigned a police escort to and from the court.

Eva Wendel Rosberg confirmed the information regarding Monica Nebelius on Tuesday morning.

"I can now confirm that there was a threatening situation after the first day of deliberations for Monica Nebelius. I did not want to publicise this initially due primarily to security reasons, but also for the sake of the parties concerned," she told the local Sydsvenskan daily.

The trial concerns allegations that the 14-year-old girl was sexually abused and raped by several different men after she ran away from a foster home in a nearby municipality last March before ending up in the Rosengård district of Malmö.

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Although she is 14-years-old she is reported to have the mental age of a girl several years younger.

Five of the men have been charged with trafficking or assisting in human trafficking, and eight for rape. All of the suspects are men aged 16- to 67-years-old. Several of the men have admitted to having sex with the girl, but claim that they thought that she was much older.

The case is also significant because it represents the first time that prosecutors in Sweden have attempted to classify pimping crimes as human trafficking.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

13:28 September 28, 2010 by RobinHood
"A judge should be fearless" - Lord Denning

This judge needs to think about resigning. If she is going to be bullied by a few local thugs, what good is she to society? She might be called on to decide terrorist cases, or something involving some serious gangsters. If she couldn't take the heat, she shouldn't have taken the job.

And the police advised her to withdraw too. What kind of message does this send to defendants? If you don't like the judge, apply a bit of heat and you will get a new one. Well done Björn Hansson, who did his duty. If the defendants are found guilty, I hope he adds an extra 25% as a message to anyone who tries to pervert justice by messing with the judge. Björn and his family deserve full-time protection, and there needs to be a serious investigation into who is behind this, and how the police dealt with it.

Other Swedish judges need to ask themselves some serious questions about their suitability for the job.
13:52 September 28, 2010 by Walevska
Nine Hungarian Gypsies and one Arab. Trash.

14:26 September 28, 2010 by Dr Love
All of the names sounds like European and some Swedish. Anyway

Raping and selling women freely is part of European culture and they get tax when they sell one pus ssy. . this is disgusting to use women for your income you pimpss. anyway

Swedes are still number in rape and it is not because of immigrants. It is something sex is not free in the local market so they unfortunately do these bad things,

I am happy now for those of them who go to thialand and marry, at least the girls like to have a European husband they dont care much about age.

I wish everybody get married and stop raping others.

The problem with mmigrant is the newly joined European mafia who hit and run. not those who escape from war and living peacfully.
17:18 September 28, 2010 by Jan M
Threats and intimidation only work in a system that doesn't employ zero tolerance policing. In NY this sort of thing would be quashed. Every acquaintance, friend, family associate or chance acquaintance of the accused would be picked up for any misdemeanour however minor at any time of the day or night. All you have to do with scum of this sort is to apply the letter of the law without mercy and they'll squeak. As for blaming the judge, she signed up to be a judge but if she's got kids they definitely didn't have a say in it. Give these trials to single people and give them weapons training.
17:19 September 28, 2010 by glamshek
A knowledgeable comment by Lord Denning. Fearless Judge.

Let me add a bit more to it. A judge should always be a Man., not Woman. Woman can have a feeling of mercy sometimes which can lead to erroneous decisions carrying huge implications for the other party for example.
17:59 September 28, 2010 by Nemesis
They should borrow some judges from Belfast.

One threat against a Belfast judge and the police who do not arrest the culprits will find themselves sharing a cell with them. That will wake them up.
18:35 September 28, 2010 by Jan M
Quite right. Not that I have much faith in the Swedish police on that score. In cases like this it would be nice to see the Swedish intelligence services and the military working closely together. A few quiet words from a para would I'm sure focus some tiny minds. Mind you in Belfast that didn't work so well but the theory here is that they'd be dealing a bunch of brain dead druggies rather terrorist organisations.
20:15 September 28, 2010 by babychuma
Jan, Oh I don't know, a couple of years ago a judge being threatened by a disgruntled claiment had her family murdered while she was under the protection of federal marshalls in Chicago Il. My point being it's impossible to protect judges from every nuitcase especially if they are crazy and don't care about consequences.

I did like your point about training for judges who preside over violent offenders.
22:30 September 28, 2010 by Sam1
All of these men should be castrated
08:56 September 29, 2010 by Taxalien

gives more.

"Monica Nebelius första dag med kopplerimålet slutade med att hon mitt i natten satt i en polisbil - på väg till annan ort eftersom hon och hennes familj inte kunde vara hemma. De fick med sig två i all hast packade väskor.

"Overklighetskänslan var stark och jag hörde min egen röst samtala med poliserna - samtidigt som jag förundrades över att jag verkade så lugn"."
09:13 September 29, 2010 by Rebel
This judge needs to either be fired, or only given cases that involve minor questions -- like someone suing over getting cheated out of some korv or something.
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