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Assange: Unlawful Interference by Mats Gehlin?
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STOCKHOLM (Rixstep) — As all the world's eyes are currently focused on Knightsbridge, a few have the time to glance at the capital of the infamous Duckpond as well. And in particular at the abode of one Mats Gehlin.
Mats Gehlin's the one suspected of defying the orders of chief prosecutor Eva Finné, of illicitly sending a condom (from Sofia Wilén) to the crime lab even though her part of the case had been closed by Finné, of collaborating with Claes Borgström to 'doctor' the unsigned testimony of Sofia Wilén (she'd walked out her interview in disgust and refused to approve it, Borgström's reputedly an old hand at doctoring witness testimony) and of instructing constable (and Ardin friend) Irmeli Krans to break procedure and insert an illicit document into the police computer system.
Naturally the discussion made its way to Flashback.
Gehlin Goes to Expressen, Flashbackers Go to Work
Mats Gehlin's been the chief investigator on the Assange case from the beginning. He's the one who complained of a cold and took time off work so Julian Assange couldn't be questioned when he requested. Marianne Ny told Björn Hurtig that she had her favourite interrogator, that he was sick, and that Julian would just have to wait.
Everyone knows what happened after that.
This latest exchange at Flashback begins yesterday at 16:01 local time after a misunderstanding by forum doyenne 'lillalinnea'.
'So it's Perklev who appointed Finné because MG (Mats Gehlin) complained that the on duty prosecutor was too busy?'
'trenterx' is in to clarify immediately.
'No not really. MG (Mats Gehlin) complained that Eva Finné didn't give him anything to do - on the contrary: she told him to 'sit on it' and not touch anything for that Monday and Tuesday after the complaint was filed. He whines to Expressen or Aftonbladet (I don't have time to find the link right now) which is startling in itself. But Gehlin wasn't satisfied with complaining in public about chief prosecutor Eva Finné - he continued the investigation on his own [the investigation Eva Finné ordered him to not touch] and sent two damaged condoms (Sofia's with real DNA and Anna's without DNA) to the crime lab [both documented as being part of the investigation of Anna's case which of course they are not]. Then he doctored Sofia's testimony as we long ago established.'
Duqu's in for a pound.
'So have we established that MG (Mats Gehlin) started this once Finné dropped the allegations and before the reopening was approved by another prosecutor and before MN [Marianne Ny] was appointed to start the investigation all over again? Because at the point when Finné closes things down and MG continues his private crusade, MG has no authority at all, so the question is if the 'proof' was unlawfully obtained.'
'trenterx' & the Four Leaf Clover
'trenterx' reacts to Duqu's post, starts digging, and realises he's looking over a four leaf clover.
It's well established that Mats Gehlin sent two condoms to the crime lab on Wednesday 25 August 2010 (from the original detention documents, p 76 ff). This is the same day Eva Finné formally closes the preliminary investigation into the Wilén case. Wilén's condom was been sent to the crime lab with Anna Ardin's case number (strange, isn't it?) which I interpret as meaning the preliminary investigation for the Wilén case had already been closed when Gehlin sent the condoms to the lab.'
In the days leading up to 25 August, Gehlin was under orders not to do a thing, but he evidently defied orders and collected condoms anyway.
Mats Gehlin ('the investigator') let Expressen read his case notes from that first week.
Quoting Expressen: 'The investigator writes amongst other things in his notes for Tuesday 24 August: 'She said I'm not to do anything with the case until she's studied up on it'. On Wednesday he gets a call from one of the women who asks if there's any progress in the case. He's forced to tell it like it is - that he's still waiting for orders from the prosecutor.'
Things would have been very different today if they'd all played by the rule book, according to one of Expressen's sources.
'The first prosecutor assessed the case correctly when she arrested Assange in absentia. And she was in a hurry to get the arrest out because he didn't have a permanent address in Sweden and might be considered a flight risk.'
[End of Expressen quote.]
So Expressen bought Gehlin's story and took an overall critical position against Eva Finné, they didn't follow the rulebook, and she wasn't fast enough!!!
NOTE: You can see Gehlin's diary notes pasted into Expressen's photo of Julian Assange. They're not quite readable on my computer. Can someone perhaps read them and post them here?
And that was the key. The photograph has a good enough resolution so it can be blown up and the notes of criminal inspector Mats Gehlin are clearly legible. Here's the photograph used by Expressen in its actual size.
Here's the same photograph blown up to fit the confines of this web page.
At this point the text is clearly legible. It reads:
Sökte Åkl. Eva Finné hela dagen. Första uppgiften var att hon skulle komma in på eftermiddagen. Susanne Sommargren talade med henne. Hon skulle återkomma.
Talade med Eva Finné, hon anser inte att det är våldtäkt. Meddelade att jag inte höll med, men det är hon som äger ärendet. Hon sade att jag inte skulle göra något i ärendet tills hon har läst sig på ärendet.
Tried to reach Eva Finné all day. The first I heard was she'd be back in the afternoon. Susanne Sommargren spoke with her. She'll be getting back to me.
Spoke with Eva Finné, she doesn't think it's rape. I told her I didn't agree, but she's the one in charge of the case. She told me not to do anything with the case until she's studied it more.
Note that the first day, not included in the excerpt, is Monday 23 August, the first workday after the weekend. Keep in mind that the day after the final note from 24 August, Eva Finné will formally close the part of the case dealing with Sofia Wilén.
Keep in mind as well that this is when Mats Gehlin sends Sofia's testimony to Claes Borgström for 'doctoring' - even though he's been given a strict 'hands off' order.
'trenterx' now has what he needs.
So that settles it? Mats Gehlin sends two condoms to the lab (one genuine, one bogus) on his own initiative, despite not being in charge of the case, and despite having been given a 'hands off' order, and despite the case with Sofia Wilén having been closed.
What's interesting is to find out if he did this on his own initiative or at the behest of someone else. The condoms can be the 'new information' Ny had to cite to reopen the case about rape.
Duqu's back for a comment.
'The diary text shows they locked horns with each other and that Mats has a difficulty obeying orders. When given the direct order 'she told me not to do anything with the case until she's studied it more' he goes on with his investigation, even after she's closed part of the case. A policeman who doesn't obey orders is usually punished in some way such as pay cut or relocation, but nothing seems to have happened to Gehlin. And that he can afford a big house in town with a swimming pool makes one curious how much pocket change he's accumulated over the years. Our boy's obviously corrupt!'
'So the judicial part remains. The investigations and 'evidence' Gehlin conjures up in this period when he's been given 'hands off' orders - are they admissible?'
And Marianne Ny?
And Marianne Ny? She of the obstinate variety who can't fly to London and can't explain why, who has to issue a Red Notice because her fav policeman is sick with a cold when Julian can come in for questioning - what's she been up to?
The Flashbackers got their eyes on her too of course.
Marianne Ny is currently on holiday. She, the same Ny known to be a workaholic who rarely comes home to her beachfront property even at the weekends - she, the same Ny who told the Crown Prosecution Service she wasn't going to wait two weeks to get her hands on Assange - she goes on holiday right when her quarry is due back in town?
Two possible explanations, neither of which are very uplifting.
- Ny is playing the 'no touch torture' game as Belmarsh witness Sundberg-Weitman claimed: she wants to 'soften [Assange] up' - make him wait in one of Europe's worst remand prisons until she gets back from the summer sunshine.
- Ny knows she's not going to have any contact with Assange anyway, the case is out of her hands (if it's ever been in them) and there are other people in contact with the CPS, other people coming out of the woodwork now - the ones who've been calling the shots almost from the very start.
- Mats Gehln has been chief investigator in the Assange case all along with the possible exception of day one - the afternoon and evening of Friday 20 August 2010 - and possibly the following Saturday as well.
- Mats Gehlin 'locked horns' with chief prosecutor Eva Finné already on the following Monday, following her announcement that she would rescind the arrest warrant for Julian Assange and her statement that 'no crime had been committed'.
- Mats Gehlin sent the testimony of Sofia Wilén to Claes Borgström even before the latter had been formally appointed as plaintiff counsel.
- Mats Gehlin received the testimony of Sofia Wilén after it had been 'enhanced' by Claes Borgström a day or two later.
- Mats Gehlin then instructed constable (and Ardin friend) Irmeli Krans to reinsert this testimony into the police computer system. A discussion ensued as Krans realised there was no 'legit' way to do this - the original testimony file was locked.
- Mats Gehlin then instructed Krans to insert the 'doctored' testimony as a new file with a new time stamp.
- Mats Gehlin sent the condom from Sofia Wilén to the state crime lab using Anna Ardin's case number. He got back the results approximately six weeks later.
- Mats Gehlin interrogated Julian Assange on Monday 30 August. Julian's first question to Gehlin before the interrogation began was whether the details of the interrogation would leak to the tabloid Expressen. Mats Gehlin was not able to give a satisfactory answer.
- The details of this interrogation were leaked immediately to Expressen who published excerpts and a document scan of the interrogation the following day.
- Mats Gehlin has a nice house (with a swimming pool to boot) in the Stockholm area which according to real estate experts goes beyond his financial means as a police investigator.
Many dots can be connected here. It can be Mats Gehlin who was consulted already on Friday 20 August - remember the investigator on duty said she had talked to several people about the case - and it can therefore be Mats Gehlin who contacted his buddies at Expressen and leaked the news.
It's also far from implausible - not to say likely - that it was Mats Gehlin who again leaked the 30 August interrogation of Julian Assange to Expressen.
Mats Gehlin and Expressen seem to have a serious ongoing friendship that would effectively connect the remaining dots.
I'm so sick of it all. Will it never end? At any rate I want to say the other girl's just as much to blame.
- Anna Ardin
Apparently Swedish laws are unique. If you have a penis you're half a rapist before you even get through customs.
- Scott Adams
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
The prosecutor could achieve this broadening of the law during Assange's trial so he can be convicted of a crime that didn't exist at the time he allegedly committed it. She would need to. There is no precedent for this. The Swedes are making it up as they go along.
- James Catlin
Julian Assange will surely learn that considering what WikiLeaks has published, he's got a few enemies in the Pentagon, the CIA, and the White House. Sweden began an investigation into rape which was later dismissed. Assange was even denied residence in Sweden. One can only speculate to what extent the security agencies of the US were involved. And considering the obvious interest of the US to silence WikiLeaks, is it likely Assange will have an accident of the 'Boston brakes' kind in the coming years? Or will he be snared with compromising information of the 'honey trap' kind?
- 'Drozd' at Flashback 23 October 2010
The truth will out, the truth wins out. Let no journalist ever again speculate into what the protocols say. Six months of digging and the people at Flashback have the actual documents. The sleaze printed by rags such as the Daily Mail, Sweden's Aftonbladet and Expressen, and perhaps above all the toxic Nick Davies of the Guardian, can stand no more. Yet more: these documents are an indictment of the 'news organisations' who've printed deliberate inaccuracies all along or even worse: refused to print anything at all. Nick Davies' account of the protocols was maliciously skewed; both Aftonbladet and Expressen had copies early on and printed nothing. Bloggers had copies but arrogantly kept the information to their Smeagol selves.
- The Assange Police Protocol: Translator's Note