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Why is it so important Assange come to Sweden?
Five strange things.
'Friday's the final day of the Assange hearings', wrote LaholmsTidning on 10 February. 'At least this time around.'
Criticism of the Swedish judicial system has been hard, but in contrast to when opinions are positive, Swedes don't seem to want to bask in the international attention this time.
On the contrary: a number of 'big name' Swedish jurists came out of the woodwork to dismiss the universal criticism. And even prime minister Reinfeldt, who often says one must not comment on or interfere in individual cases, chose to defend his prosecutor Marianne Ny. But that only heightened the criticism: for if the prime minister of Sweden finds it necessary to interfere in the judiciary, there must be a reason for it.
A study of the previously classified documents reveals a number of strange things.
Anna Ardin makes arrangements to escort Sofia Wilén to the Klara police station in downtown Stockholm where they'll meet Ardin's political party colleague and personal friend Irmeli Krans. It's this policewoman that conducts the first interrogations; it's her judgement that becomes the basis of the arrest warrant. Is this reasonable with respect to the question of judicial bias?
Almost all interrogations (and one with the claimants) are conducted by telephone. Why didn't they interrogate Julian Assange the same way?
The official police guidelines for investigating 'serious crimes' state that police investigators should make video recordings of all primary interrogations or audio recordings at the very least. Yet Irmeli Krans claimed she couldn't find a dictaphone in that building when it's today known all investigators have their own personal devices for such use.
Certainly Irmeli Krans could have borrowed a dictaphone from one of her colleagues - not everyone was conducting an interrogation on Friday afternoon. And in such an important case it was incumbent to get the device before beginning the interrogation.
After completing the interrogations of the two claimants (takes less than 24 hours) the police spend weeks conducting nine 'witness' interrogations. But none of the nine qualify as real witnesses - they can at best be described as character witnesses. Surely it would have been better to interrogate the suspect right away instead? Maybe he would have admitted the crimes and then the prosecutor wouldn't have had to waste so much time interrogating friends, work comrades, family members and pets and so forth who are totally irrelevant? Or perhaps more likely the 'suspect' would have provided circumstances that made the claims of the two women less - 'believable'? There is absolutely nothing Assange's recorded interrogation has in common with Anna Ardin's telephone chitchat - they're two different tales. She's now been accused of fabricating the whole thing.
A prosecutor is supposed to investigate circumstances which are both against and for the accused. But this new prosecutor Marianne Ny only wants to interrogate people connected with the two women. One of the witnesses can be said to be neutral: the journalist who'd for some time worked on the SVT documentary 'WikiRebels'; another 'neutral' witness is interrogated about contacts with the women and Assange. Both interrogations are conducted with audio recording.
Was the purpose in such case to find information that supported a prosecution? A former partner to one of the women is interrogated - he hadn't had any contact with her for almost half a year. How could he be tied to the events in question? It would have been a lot more interesting to interrogate the suspects' female acquaintances.
Marianne Ny sure took her sweet time. The nine 'witnesses' are interrogated over a drawn-out period, the last as late as 27 October, almost two months after she reopened the case. Is this reasonable considering rape's a crime where the perpetrator normally is incarcerated and where this especially should happen if the suspect can be thought to flee the country? But not in this case. Oh no! On the contrary: Marianne Ny gives Julian Assange the go-ahead to leave!
All Together Now
Put it altogether and it's apparent: it's really hard to believe there are any grounds for a prosecution. There might be enough for a British extradition. But this will never make it to trial.
So given none of the police or prosecutors are so thick in the head, given they're aware of how biased they behaved: how they sought recorded interrogations only for Julian Assange and his 'friends' so they might later 'poke holes' in that testimony, given their official guidelines state unequivocally they must interrogate the suspect forthwith but instead told Julian Assange a month after they started that they wouldn't need him - the question begs itself. Actually it's screaming to be heard.
Why is it so important Assange come to Sweden?
If I am able to reveal what I know, everyone will realise this is all a charade. If I could tell the British courts, I suspect it would make extradition a moot point.
- Björn Hurtig
I can tell you that the Swedish prosecution still hasn't provided copies of those SMS texts that have been referred to. Those texts are some of the most powerful exculpatory evidence. In Australia prosecutors have a very grave duty to disclose such evidence to courts when seeking the grave exercise of a court's power against an individual. Yet in Sweden in this case, in the first hearings to obtain an arrest warrant, those texts were not submitted to the Swedish court, which is highly improper.
- James Catlin
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