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Stockholm jail sends wrong man to stand trial

The Local/dl · 29 Feb 2012, 08:50

Published: 29 Feb 2012 08:50 GMT+01:00

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"When I read the indictment, a loud murmur erupted in the courtroom," Stockholm District Court judge Hans Cederberg told the Dagens Nyheter (DN) newspaper.

"The wrong man was sitting in the defendant's seat."

Not even the defence attorney present at the trial had picked up on the mistake, having shaken the defendant's hand prior to the start of the trial without raising any objections that the man he had greeted was not in fact the person on trial.

It later emerged that the mix up occurred at the Kronoberg jail, which had sent the wrong man up to court.

As the jail is located in a building adjacent to the court, it didn't take long for officials to get the "right" suspect, allowing the trial to restart 20 minutes later.

A representative from the Kronoberg jail refused to comment on the incident.

However, prosecutor Carl Asterius said the incident raises serious questions about the measures used to verify suspects' identity.

"We can laugh about it now, but it could have been really bad. The wrong person could have sat through the trial and the verdict delivered even though the wrong person had participated," he told DN.

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According to Asterius, courts don't generally carry out an identity check before trials, something which he argues represents a risk to carrying out the rule of law.

"The potential is there to manipulate the process and have a chatty person do the talking during a trial," he told DN.

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Your comments about this article

10:14 February 29, 2012 by OUIJA
Yes. They could have started a trial against Julian Assange without noticing that it was Assange.
11:05 February 29, 2012 by Scepticion
So, the "defence attorney " didn't realize it's the wrong man? He sure seems to have been "well prepared"...
13:15 February 29, 2012 by Reason abd Realism
Maybe this wrong person bribed the real person, simply for a chance to spend a few years of relaxation in a Swedish spa, with all expenses paid.
13:51 February 29, 2012 by OUIJA
@Scepticion: Have you not noticed that Swedish justice is run by the "Three Blind Mice"? Yes. Before every trial, they all sing: "Three blind mice, three blind mice. See how they run; see how they run". An so on. Sweden is the country where justice is blind, dumb and deaf.And you know why The Local did not publish the name of the defense attorney? Because they would mix it with Julian Assange's one. That is how almost everything works in Sweden, the adoptive country of Franz Kafka.

Furethermore, the "Not even the defence attorney present at the trial had picked up on the mistake, having shaken the defendant's hand prior to the start of the trial without raising any objections that the man he had greeted was not in fact the person on trial" is a real japanese pearl. This nincompoop had not even met the defendant prior to the trial. He had noe discussed the case with him not even once and that was the reason he shook hands with a wrong person. The typical stupid that goes to bed with his wife without knowing who is in bed.
19:43 February 29, 2012 by Grandson of Swedish Emigrants
"Swedish Justice system" is becoming a world laughing stock. I mean swedish justice, probably has about the same oxymoron inconsistency of meaning as military intelligence. Is anyone in Government or is the public going to demand that the justice system get overhauled? Probably not.

It is going to be facinating to watch the Julian Assange "suspect questioning" unfold. After all he is not yet been charged with a crime, He is just being brought to Sweden to be "questioned" by the "justice system."
20:00 February 29, 2012 by zooeden
People in Sweden can work close to each other without noticing the others presence. Swedes take for granted many things one of them is lonelyness...
20:58 February 29, 2012 by OUIJA
# 5, 6 and 7. Fully agree with you. I am number 7, so I fully agree with me.
06:35 March 1, 2012 by SimonDMontfort
... does help the judicial process I suppose if they have the right defendant....
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