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War crimes judge receives death threat

TT/The Local · 27 Oct 2010, 15:13

Published: 27 Oct 2010 15:13 GMT+02:00

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The judge received a threat over the phone days before the trial began two weeks ago. The judge is in charge of a case against a 43-year-old Bosnian suspected of serious crimes under international law.

District court security director Thomas Östman confirmed that a threat was made against one of the two judges in the war crimes trial.

"Police in Malmö are investigating the threat. I do not want to go into when or how it came in, nor what security measures we have taken," Östman told news agency TT.

The threat was made by telephone on October 8th, several days before the trial began on October 13th. According to TT, the person who made the threat said, "We will kill you."

The National Courts Administration (Domstolsverket - DV), which provides support and services to the courts, established a security division in 2007 after determining that there was a need for it.

"We cannot say that threats against judges have increased, but the willingness to report threats. It is primarily up to the court to determine the security measures needed to protect the court. We can provide financial assistance for alarm devices, for example, as well as advice," said Håkan Sonesson, deputy security director at the agency.

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Barbara Thornblad, general director of the agency, said that it has taken many steps to improve the security for the courts to protect all court staff.

"It is of course serious for anyone to be threatened. However, when a judge is threatened, there is an additional element because the threat is directed against the legal system and is ultimately serious for the whole community," Thornblad told TT.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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15:30 October 27, 2010 by Sam1
Police should protect him and trace the threat and find the criminals...

Sweden is one of the least corrupt land on earth...

which means you will be punished no matter what threat you try...I suggest change the judge for tthis hearing.
17:27 October 27, 2010 by jbickley1278
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17:41 October 27, 2010 by kamikaze101
The problem with Sweden is that they don't have any of the nationalistic pride anymore. The Swedes have replaced the nationalism with multiculturalism and now look happened to them. What ever happened to your Viking spirits?
23:51 October 27, 2010 by Tusker
Protect the judge and you will be protecting the nation.

No expense should be spared in police costs, protective transport for the judge and their family, or whatever it takes.

The message should be crystal clear that there will be no tolerance of anybody undermining the rule of law. If somebody doesn't like the laws of our country, in this case international law, then they need to utilise the democratic methods available to change these laws, or better still just leave.

This accomplice of the accused war criminal, who made the threats, needs to be tracked down, hammered and then sent back to the cesspit they came from.We cannot tolerate our way of life being threatened by some two bit piece of balkan trash.
05:11 October 28, 2010 by Jarvilainennen
Just out of intrest in subject "death-threats", were Ilmar Reepalus comments about Israel really antisemitic? He´s in more danger now, according to some, is he?

Can someone of local origins please tell me what on earth is happening in there?
05:14 October 28, 2010 by engagebrain
The death threats suggest they are prosecuting the right person.
12:35 October 29, 2010 by The.Local.Troll
Were the judges names made public? If so.. silly move.
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