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Criminals appointed to act as lay judges in Swedish courts

Published onsdag 7 februari 2007 kl 12.27

It is reported that the anti-immigrant party, the Sweden Democrats, has nominated people with criminal backgrounds to act as its lay judges.

After September’s elections, where the party increased support, it has the right to appoint 300 lay assesors, who sit with a professional judge in Swedish courts.

Sweden’s TV 4 says the Sweden Democrats have chosen people with criminal pasts in ”many areas” of the country.

One example it gives is of a municipal council member in the central town of Gävle who has been convicted of assault, serious unlawful driving and theft.

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