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Boy, 10, questioned about terrorist crimes

TT/The Local · 7 Nov 2010, 17:58

Published: 07 Nov 2010 17:58 GMT+01:00

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During the father's arrest, his three-year-old daughter was picked up in her bedroom by armed and masked police. Police drove the boy and his younger siblings to a police station in Göteborg, where he was interrogated.

The children's father was arrested on suspicion of preparing to commit terrorist crimes on October 30th and was later released on the same day.

Heavily armed and masked police broke into the family's apartment at 7am on Saturday morning and the 33-year-old man was pushed onto the floor and was handcuffed.

His wife and their two sons aged six and 10 were shoved into a corner of the living room, where police aimed their weapons at them.

The three-year girl cried in the bedroom, but the mother was not allowed to pick her up. Instead, a masked armed police officer went in to pick her up.

Later, the boy wanted to give his sister a blanket.

"When I moved to get the blanket, the policeman aimed at me with his gun," the boy recounted to GP.

The father recalled to GP that a couple days after the incident, his daughter said, "Pappa, he wanted to shoot me, but he did not shoot."

The boy was placed in a police car with three police officers when he was driven to the police station. The father was taken to one room, the mother another. The boy and his younger siblings were placed in a third room with a female interrogator who questioned the father.

Professor Ann-Christin Cederborg at Stockholm University, who conducts research on children in police interrogations, was critical of the police choosing to question the children after the sudden arrest of their mother and father.

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"The most important is that the children get a chance to process the experience that the police caused them through the arrest and not use them [the children] for police purposes immediately," she said.

The arrest may have been a shocking experience for the children. As such, it was not appropriate to launch an interrogation, said Cederborg.

"An interrogation with the oldest boy could have waited," she said.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

18:39 November 7, 2010 by calebian22
"Pappa, he wanted to shoot me, but he did not shoot."

Apparently the boy can read minds. Propaganda BS to weaken the security service so that the next time the cops go in they will hesitate and be killed by someone who is actually up to no good. Not that anyone will cry over the "horrible boogey man" police. Support your police. They protect the collective.
19:46 November 7, 2010 by adshasta
I am with you calebian22, At least at this point I see far greater concerns or at least more immediate concerns. From what we have been told nothing can be criticized just yet.
20:01 November 7, 2010 by Swedesmith
This sounds very traumatic for the family and I hope there is counseling provided. However, I do not criticize the police. Remember, this man was a suspected terrorist.
20:17 November 7, 2010 by Carnitas
Agreed with all above. Terrorism is no joke and it is refreshing to hear that the Swedish police are taking it seriously. Even if it turns out that these people had done nothing wrong it is still critical that the police force dies what it can to protect everyone. Good job, Swedish police! We are behind you 100%!
21:36 November 7, 2010 by cowboykodp

maybe I have been wrong about you. Have you no heart or soul?

The question here is not that the police should not do their job, or have our support. But maybe the police could have picked a time for the arrests when the children were not present.

Jesus is puking just about now knowing that you show such little value for a child.

If this is what glorifying Jesus looks like, then I am speechless.
23:11 November 7, 2010 by JHD
@ cowboykodp

Maybe i have been wrong about you. Have you no sense of rationality?

It is absurd to think that when dealing with a terrorist threat that time is not of the essence. Having the police wait around until he is alone is inappropriate and irresponsible.

Moreover, your interjection of religion is unseemly. Keep Jesus in the Bible.
23:15 November 7, 2010 by Sam1
Absolutely unfair...and stupid...I hope you have enough proofs...otherwise you have become as stupid as mean as racist like the American Police..Abusing colour people...and using power like muslim countries..

its a shame...they were excited by adrenaline and felt like some hollywood movie SWAT...

you didnt have to do that you could have just knocked the door and asked them to step out..

its all because of the USA they create fake threat on Sweden to get the EU backing them with their brutal attacks on Iraq and Afghanistan...They are already spying on us...why not they wont push terrorists to do something wrong...

Police should be more civilized you might have caused psychological sickness to those children.
00:28 November 8, 2010 by Carnitas
"its all because of the USA"

LOL! That was a good laugh.

"Police should be more civilized you might have caused psychological sickness to those children."

Trust me when I tell you that their parents have most likely caused more mental sickness to these children with hate-talk about Jews and the beatings handed down to them than any Swedish police is going to cause.
00:53 November 8, 2010 by ajs42548
According to Sam, the U.S. is also responsible for Muslim attacks on Australian girls, Muslim attacks on other Muslims, the sinking of the Titanic, solar flares, lunar eclipses, and the collapse of the Roman Empire.
01:10 November 8, 2010 by Swedesmith
Don't forget about flatulence, dandruff and influenza. Ala Svenne Rubbins.
01:14 November 8, 2010 by Jarvilainennen
Oh mi god, why not just secure the building, knock on the door, explain what you want and get it done.

This article lacks details about first-hand encounter. Did the father resist or was it just braking and entering on a suspicion? (He was released...?)

And a suspicion on what? Does he have a long list of previous (violent?)crimes or not? Maybe violently resisting arrest? What the...?

That info has all the meaning to me personally, incase I´m asked weather the boy should have been interrogated and pointed a gun at or not.
02:26 November 8, 2010 by expert
Just watch "Unthinkable"

These guys don't damn care about Human values, they are destroying the same they are saying to protect.
05:21 November 8, 2010 by Jarvilainennen
If I was a cop assigned to make an entrance like that, I wouldn´t understand a word of arabic. The father could have shouted: "ächläbächlä hlbrlächlällä!" "Get the gun boy, and shoot the pigs!"

I might have pointed the gun at the boy and told him to settle down.

And absolutely NO blankets to anyone in a situation like that. "ächläblää hrbläclalla." "It´s under the blanket."

I would have interrogated the boy myself, as he would not have time to readjust and possibly tell lies he´s possibly made to tell. Mixed up and full of adrenalin one can give clues. Besides there´s worse things some 10 year olds do to themselves.

So in that situation I see nothing wrong in the procedure itself.

Was it perhaps known there is an unlawful gun inside the house? Would this be enough justification for an entry like this? Was the wife known to be connected to some shady business, and the only place they were together was the house?

There are people like that in every skin color and nationality.
10:38 November 8, 2010 by calebian22

When a terrorist threat is suspected, one doesn't go into the situation with fikabröd and kaffe. Additionally, if you are saying that children are not utilized as shields and implements of attack against law enforcement and unarmed citizens by terrorists, than you have not been watching the news. It has nothing to do with being heartless. It has everything to do with the police doing their job to protect society at large and then going home safely to their own children.
11:31 November 8, 2010 by asifbit
"The children's father was arrested on suspicion of preparing to commit terrorist crimes on October 30th and was later released on the same day."

Arresting a person who is involved or not in terrorism is not success at all. Need to think about the reasons behind. And activity like this where they even are not sure about and doing actions like this. I think it is not good for Swedish police and state. Why they just released this guy after? Why can't they think about before doing action like this? Have anybody think about what the impact will be on small children?

According to me by doing actions like this police basically helping terrorists because what terrorists are doing. They tried to find such people who in small age not happy with police or state. Terrorists change people's mind to do some terrorist activities against state etc and doing some brain washing. And in this example these children will have very negative impact against police and state. And in future it will be very easy to convince them to do something against state etc.
12:16 November 8, 2010 by Carnitas
Perhaps this arrest and subsequent release was all done just to throw a little fear into the Muslim community and to say to them that Sweden will come down hard on whoever tries to commit terrorist acts on this land. At that very least I sure hope that this is the case. Either way, again I say well done to the Swedish police. The only way to deal with these people is with force, strength and violence. It is the only language that they understand.
13:18 November 8, 2010 by Puffin
Well some of you don't seem to realise that this is because the police arrested the WRONG MAN - burst into the wrong persons house and separated the family mother, father children under 10 and drove them away at gunpoint in separate cars!

The fact that the operation was so poorly planned that there were no officiers to take care of the 3 children aged 10, 6 and 3 who were instead put into a car with police in full riot gear and spearated from their mother and driven to interegation lone by police without an independent adult present is just shocking to me - an affront to nay decent society

But sounds as though the usual suspects on this site will defend the keystone cops' blunders - as long as it's not your 3 year old taken from her cot but a policeman in riot gear with a sub.machine gun .......
14:35 November 8, 2010 by calebian22

Terrorism is an affront to decent society. Until Skynet takes over the world, the infallability of man is the best that can be relied upon. The police obviously had evidence of some kind that was strong enough against this man for an arrest. It is not like they randomly chose an immigrant from Eniro and broke down said immigrant's door. Additionally, it is not like terrorists live with neon lights over their doors that say, "Psycho lives here." We don't know what the evidence was against this man, but saying it was arbitrary or random is a disservice to the police. Intelligence is often wrong. Sometimes it is purposefully wrong, in order to embarrass the security services, so people think they are Keystone Cops.
15:30 November 8, 2010 by Swedesmith
Sometimes the real terrorists release phony information to see how the police will react. Then they use the press and public opinion against the police and make them more hesitant to react in the future.

These terrorists used to be dim bulbs but now they are getting smarter and smarter...and more dangerous.
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