31,9 percent of respondents agreed with Assange
April 18, 2011
Source: Legally yours
Wikileaks-founder Julian Assange is very critical of how the Swedish authorities have handled the investigation of sex crimes charges against him. He is supported by one-third of the lawyers who responded to a questionnaire.
Swedeish legal magazine Legally Yours magazine in its latest issue, asked swedish lawyers what they think about the Swedish legal system's handling of the Julian Assange, accused of rape and sexualassault in connection with a visit to Sweden last year.
A legal system that have derailed
31,9 percent of Swedish lawyers critical
Assange and his counsel have directed strong criticism against the Swedish legalsystem, which among other things
has not given Assange full access to the evidence,
leaked his identity to the media, '
not translated the evidence into English and ¨
Did not administer the european arrest warrant in a correct way
let a police who was friends with one of the accusers receive the notification.
Almost one-third, 31.9 percent of the participants in Legally Yours survey responded that they agreed with the Assanges criticism.
That is pretty alarming numbers.
The survey has gone out via the web to 9176 lawyers and 2221 responded, a responserate of 24 percent.
Björn Hurtig: Our system is buildt this way
Julian Assange's Swedish lawyer Björn Hurtig is interviewed in the Magazine, where he states that his own views on the Swedish legal system has not changed during the work on the Assange case.
"The problems I have encountered in this case are not in any way new to me. Our legal system is buildt in this way. A suspect isn't entitled to hardly any information about what is revealed in an ongoing investigation.
One thought that this case has woken in me however, is that Sweden have a somewhat strange attitude towards peoples right to freedom. We allow people to get arrested and jailed for long periods of time, without a trial and on very loose grounds. Deep down I believe it is due to a basic view regarding peoples right to freedom, and that that right is more deeply rooted in countries like England."
Sweden and the US disrespect human rights
"The swedish legal system is almost in total decay"
Some quotes from lawyers both pro and anti the Swedish handling of the case are given in the article. Here are some examples:
"When taken into account how hunted Assange is by certain countries, it wouldn't strike me as odd if there have been things going on behind the scenes in this case".
"Assange would say anything to avoid responsibility for what he is being accused of, instead of taking it as a man. If he was innocent he wouldn´t fight this hard to avoid extradition".
"The Swedish legal system have many flaws, and is mainly upheld by the court officers own moral instead of on the laws as it should be".
"Assange as a public person will have to tolerate to end up in the media spotlight when faced with a possible suspicion of a crime"
"The Swedish legal system is almost in total decay when it comes to sexcrimes. The bizarre gender theories have been allowed to play a way too high influence over the appliers of law"
"Exaggerated. Underneath lies his fear of extradition to the US. At the same time it seems like the crime is a bagatelle. There is no way they will convict him on rape on what's been presented. So a little agility would certainly be welcome"
Reported sexcrime in Sweden 1975-2005
"From a public point of view it seems suspicious to first drop the charges, them reopen the case with another prosecutor in charge"
"Swedens legal system may not be perfect, but there is a thought behind all Swedish justice. Errors in the administration is mainly due to human errors. People make mistakes, and our ambition is to learn from them. You shoudn't be too hasty to criticise others for their work. You do as well you can under the circumstances. The goal is of course to do as well as possible, which of course is also a goal for the swedish justice".
Mrs Justice is peaking in Sweden
1 out of three lawyers don't trust in our legal system!!
This is a sure sign that something is seriously wrong. Sweden is the country in the EU that sends most men to prison for sexcrimes. Only beaten in Europe by Lithuania.
At the same time Sweden is the country in Europe where the feminist ideology has gone farther than any other country. Still the people responsible for law and order absolutely refuse to admit there is a connection. They must think we are total idiots?
Estimations says that as many as 1000 men or more are sent innocently to jail. That would mean that 20 percent!! of every man serving time has not done what he was convicted for. The chance to get a retrial in Sweden is less than one percent. And that is even if new evidence turns up.
Alleged victims have sometimes come forward, riddled by guilt and confessed they lied about the accusations. In one case the daughter that was said to have been raped over a 100 times by her father even went and did a gyn exam showing she was still a virgin, And begged them to let her father out. The father was denied a new trial. The prosecutor on the case said "well he could have just entered a centimeter or so".
In other words, not only do you stand a high risk of getting locked away for very long. Once you have been, there is no way of getting out. Swedens worst "serialkiller" Tomas Quick has managed to get a retrial and so far been acquitted in two of the murders he was convicted for. 6 to go.
By now most people understand that this gut have spent most of his life locked up, without commiting a singel murder. Framed by a corrupt prosecutor Christer Van Der Kwast, working together with the police Seppo Pentinän, who hid 13 full folders with freeing evidence, the chief psychologist Birgitta Ståhle, who subjected Tomas to regressioen therapy to unlock hidden memories, and perhaps the worst of the all. Tomas defense attourney!! (yes you heard correctly) to put this former poor delusional drug addict away for life. Convicted of 8 murders, and not a single evidence. As long as he kept confessing, the police and the psychiatrists kept feeding him the drugs he needed.
You would think that any decent lawyer would have had a field days with this absolutely redicoulouscase, but Tomas Quicks Lawyer instead colluded with the prosecutor to make sure his client would be convicted?? His explanation: Well..he wanted to be convicted, and I have to follow my clients will.
Christ the guy was kept heavily sedated with Stesolid, Xanor, and god knows what ellse. If he refused to confess, or didn't further incriminate himself, his drugges were revoked. These are some of the most addictive drugs ever made.
Tomas Quicks lawyers name? Claes Borgström. Does it sound familiar?
The guy that eventually helped Tomas Quick was a reporter at SVT by the name of Hannes Råstam. He made three absolutely fascinating documentaries about the case. You just cant believe your eyes watching them. I have only seen the first two though. The third one was censored by the state review board for a reason noone really uinderstand.
This is Swedens probably worst justice debacle ever. That doesn't mean though its the only one. No far from it.
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