Continuing Speculations on Östberg’s Release
Speculation continues to as to the status of Annika Östberg. On Monday Radio Sweden reported that Östberg, Sweden’s longest serving prisoner, has been released from jail in California and was on her way back to Sweden where she’ was expected to be transfered to a Swedish prison.
A press spokesperson for the Corona women’s prison where she’s spent the last 28 years, told Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet on Monday that the Swede had left the prison ten days ago and is flying back to Sweden. The online version of newspaper Expressen, had it confirmed from the Californian state authorities that Östberg had been released following an agreement with the Swedish government.
On Monday evening, the Swedish Foreign Office offered no comment. While on a visit to Luleå, in the north of Sweden, Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt was asked by Swedish news agency TT on Tuesday if the Swedish government had any hand in Östberg coming home. The Prime Minister chose not to comment.
Annika Östberg was sentenced to between 25 years to life imprisonment for her role in the murder of a restaurant owner and a police officer in California in 1981.
Only last September, Östberg had her request for parole turned down for a fourth time.