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The historian David Karlsson cleared of charges of defamation

the Gothenburg district court writes in a press release that ”the jury answered the questions about the author has been guilty of crimes in the negative on all points”. The ruling can not be appealed and David Karlsson are cleared of the allegations.

" I'm incredibly relieved. If this can help to other writers, authors and journalists do not let themselves be intimidated so much of a success. It is the fundamentally most important thing in this goal, " says David Karlsson.

" of course It is a relief for David. He has never considered that he had done something wrong, but even in such a situation when you get an accusation against him or her tried by a court so it takes force, energy, and attention. He is very happy that the book now is closed, " says Allan Stutzinsky, attorney for David Karlsson.

the Hearing in tryckfrihetsmålet took place before a jurydomstol consisting of nine members. The trial would have been started already in October last year, but has been postponed. The goal, which came after a private prosecution, was about whether David Karlsson by using the words ”fired” and ”rättshaverist” to describe a intervjuperson had been guilty of defamation.

an essay David Karlsson written, which is included in an anthology of the magazine New Times participation at the book Fair. David Karlsson interviewed and wrote about the priest Axel W Carlson, who was previously employed in the Swedish church, and that in the text describes itself as a ”source of inspiration” to the idea that the magazine – which he also wrote – would participate in the fair.

Axel W Karlsson responded on the description provided by David Karlsson did at his previous work situation, and felt that it was completely incorrect. He sued David Karlsson for defamation and demanded a compensation of 25,000 kronor. "Axel has been falsely portrayed as a rättshaverist the misconduct of his service as a priest so serious that he had been dismissed"' wrote to his lawyer Carl Ridderstråle for the Swedish newspaper dagens nyheter in september last year.

in a comment after the jury's decision on Wednesday that it is a boring answer.

– at the same time knew Axel all the time to tryckfrihetsmål is unpredictable when they will be determined by a jury composed of laymen. The decision to dismiss the indictment has consequently not been taken by the lawyers. To win you have to convince six of the nine jurors that the indictment must be upheld. We have not been able to do, and Axis of respect, of course, the jury's decision, writes the lawyer.

Axel W Karlsson writes in a statement that despite everything, there is a gain with the goal: ”... to full documentation of every single day of my service during my thirty years as an employee in the Swedish church shows that I have never ever been laid off, reassigned or fired in employment law opinion from any of the four positions I had in the Swedish church.”

the whole process denies the allegations and argued that there never was intent to slander, even if the task of the priest to be dismissed ”might be formally incorrect”. He argues that the descriptions have been well-founded and relevant, and that there has been significant public interest with the text. In a DN interview, said David Karlsson, that the mood should be seen in a larger context: ”I am not alone in having been exposed to this strategy. And if I win it, I hope it will strengthen others who want to examine the political forces.”

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