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Swedish court orders retrial for convicted killer

A convicted killer is set to get a new trial. Photo: Henrik Montgomery/TT

Published: 29.Dec.2016 10:19 hrs

A Swedish court has ordered a new trial for a convicted killer who has spent more than a decade behind bars over a murder he says he did not commit.

Kaj Linna was sentenced to life in jail over a brutal combined robbery and murder in Kalamark in the far north of Sweden in 2004, despite a lack of forensic evidence or an eye witness linking him to the scene.

He pleaded not guilty and has been trying ever since to get his case tried again – a request granted by the Supreme Court of Sweden, the country's top-tier criminal court, on Thursday.

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