I got involved in the Assange case when I by coincidence discovered that one of the accusers deleted tweets. Little did I understand that I two years later I would ask the Prime Minister, The Minister of Justice, the Foreign Minister and some other important people for a comment on the case. When I asked the Swedish Prosecutor General (Riksåklagaren), superior Prosecutor Marianne Ny and prosecutor Erika Lejnefors about the legal status of Julian Assange I got a quick and informative response from the Information Director Karin Rosander at the Prosecution Authority, “Åklagarmyndigheten”.
En del av missförstånden i det här ärendet beror på skillnaderna mellan våra olika juridiska system, där man – grovt förenklat – inom brittisk rätt “charges” i ett relativt tidigt stadium av processen och där förundersöknings-åtgärderna därefter tar vid. I Sverige gör vi tvärt om; vi genomför en förundersökning som avslutas med åtal – “indictment”.
Detta förklaras på ett pedagogiskt och grundligt sätt i en uppsats av Christoffer Wong på Lunds universitet:
http://works.bepress.com/christoffer_wong/15/. Se särskilt sidorna 2-3 och 10-12.
Jag hoppas du har nytta av denna.
Med vänlig hälsning
For those of you that are not really familiar with Swedish here is a translation:
Some of the misunderstandings in this case due to the differences between our legal systems, which – oversimplified – in British law “charges” in a relatively early stage of the process and where the Pre-action then begins. In Sweden we do the opposite, we conduct a preliminary investigation which, when completed ends in “åtal”, – “indictment”.
This is explained in an educational and thorough manner in a paper by Christopher Wong at Lund University:
http://works.bepress.com/christoffer_wong/15/. See especially pages 2-3 and 10-12.
I hope you will benefit from this.
Director of Information, The Prosecution Authority”
Karin Rosander was very quick in replying and she was very clear. I must admit that the Prosecution Authority’s view on Julian Assange’s legal status is very well explained in Professors Wong’s paper. I would like to point out that I do not agree with Karin Rosander that the misunderstandings in the Assange case is due to the differences between the English and Swedish criminal procedure. It is due to the understanding of these differences. That is why Professor Wong is so important. Continue reading