It was only a few days left to sommaravslutningen 2001 when elvaårige Daniel was found murdered. His best friend, Jonas, then twelve years old, quickly became the prime suspect. When the interrogations began, refused the Jonas to the crime. As summer moved toward the fall, after eighteen interviews, had Jonas story changed. Now he confessed the murder.
When DN reviewed the case in 2017, said the retired kriminalkommissarien Jan Olsson, one of Sweden's most seasoned criminal investigators:
– They have used the police interrogation as a form of therapy to persuade the boy to tell. It is a serious matter. I saw the same tendencies in the Quickutredningarna.
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Barnförhörsexperten Sara Landström said to dagens nyheter:
" the Interrogation is a textbook case of how false confessions can emerge.
nothing in the forensic evidence could tie Jonas to the scene of the crime or to the victim.
Jonas, who was under the straffmyndighetsåldern 15 years, was prosecuted not for any crimes. Instead, the handed he to the social authorities. He was placed on a residential worker home for boys with neuropsychiatric disorders. For ten years he was sent around at the different institutions, as the 15-year-old, he was placed in the psychiatric department. There is usually murderers, rapists, and other adults who have been convicted of serious crimes but who are considered too sick to be in jail.
The other thought it was a bit of hats that it was a small snorunge in there, " said Jonas to the DN associated with the examination 2017.
– It would move freely together with the others inside the department, eat together and hang out. I was just terrified. So fucking terrified.
after the prosecutor's decision to shut down the investigation he is happy to no longer be singled out.
" this is the happiest day of my life. It has been a nightmare and I can't help but think of how it could look like if this been up for 17 years ago. But now I'm thinking I live!
Jonas has not taken a position on whether he intends to seek damages.
" The only thing I want is to live a quiet and ordinary life, and I intend to do now.
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