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Man jailed for threats to pimping trial prosecutor

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Man jailed for threats to pimping trial prosecutor
Ulrika Rogland speaks about the pimping case in July 2010
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A 36-year-old man was sentenced to four months in prison for threatening a prosecutor who had charged his son for involvement in selling a mentally handicapped 14-year-old girl for sex.

Upon learning that his 18-year-old son had been charged in connection with the case, the 36-year-old called prosecutor Ulrika Rogland and threatened her life and that of her son, the Aftonbladet newspaper reported.

The man was convicted of threatening a civil servant for the call he placed to Rogland, who told the court the event “has affected my life ever since”.

An 18-year-old woman who was the girlfriend of the man's son was convicted of insulting a police officer for telling an investigator, "There's a devil inside you. I'm going to fuck with everything. You'll see."

She was fined the equivalent of 75 days' pay.

Rogland and the officer were investigating a high-profile pimping case stemming from allegations that a 14-year-old girl was sexually abused and raped by several different men after she ran away from a foster home near Malmö last March.

Although she was 14, she reportedly had the mental capacity of a girl several years younger.

The 36-year-old's son was one of 10 people charged in the case, which drew nationwide media attention.

In its ruling, the district court stated that the man repeatedly contacted both the prosecutor and the police officer in connection with a decision to have his son remanded in custody.

It was obvious that what was said to Rogland was a threat stemming from the actions she took in her connection with her duties as a prosecutor, the court said.

The statements were obviously meant to make her fear for her safety, and the measured enacted to protect her also show that the threat was serious.

Thus, it must have been clear to the 36-year-old that his statements would be interpreted as a threat, the court said in its ruling.

The court also found that the threat against the investigating police officer was verified. In a telephone call to the officer, the 36-year-old said, "God will punish you and your children," a statement which was overheard by the man's colleague when the call was put on speakerphone.

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