Police officers are charged with gross misconduct

Published 2 September 2022 at 19:37

The indictment covers gross misconduct for several incidents.

In an ongoing murder investigation, a witness had been questioned at length. Despite that, the witness was brought in for questioning again and heard by a police officer who was not formally involved in the criminal investigation. The interrogation took place in the defense lawyer Bj√∂rn Hurtig’s office without the prosecutor having given directives about the interrogation or knowing that it was taking place.

According to the indictment, the agency’s deputy lawyer helped to set up and conduct the interrogation. The prosecutor has assessed that it is not possible to prove that the defense lawyer knew about the interrogation in advance or took the initiative for it. On the other hand, the assistant lawyer is charged with aiding and abetting gross misconduct.

The policeman and his female colleague are also charged because earlier in the same murder investigation they incorrectly handled the seizure of a mobile phone. They had received the phone from a close relative of the crime victim, and according to what was known about the phone at the time, it could contain footage important to solving the murder.

The prosecutor has assessed that the witness and the next of kin are plaintiffs.

– I am also indicting the defense attorney and the one police officer for giving and receiving bribes. I believe that it was an improper benefit, among other things, that the policeman was allowed to have a workroom at the law firm for about a year, the same room in which the questioning in question was held, says preliminary investigation leader Nicklas Englund in a statement.

One of the police officers is also charged with breach of confidentiality because secret information from the murder investigation has been disseminated.

Source: Fria Tider by www.friatider.se.

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