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Convicted serial killer has multiple verdicts overturned

Relatives want inquiry into Thomas Quick cases

Updated söndag 5 augusti 2012 kl 16.43
Published söndag 5 augusti 2012 kl 11.40
Charles Zelmanowits, who disappeared in 1976. Thomas Quick was convicted of his murder in 1994. File photo: Swedish Police

Relatives to the convicted serial killer Thomas Quick's supposed victims have demanded an inquiry into the legal proceedings that lead to Quick's conviction.

"I do not understand how he could even be convicted," the brother of Charles Zelmanovits, who disappeared in northern Sweden 1976, and whose murder Quick was convicted of in 1994, told newspaper Svenska Dagbladet.

Quick, who now goes by Sture Bergwall, was convicted of eight murders during the 1990's but three of these verdicts have been overturned in recent years.

The verdicts were overturned after Quick withdrew his murder confessions and courts found the evidence that then remained to be insufficient.

But Krister van der Kvast, the prosecutor in all of Quick's murder trials, told newspaper Dagens Nyheter that even without confessions, the original verdicts are correct.

"I think he has been sentenced properly with proper evidence. Nothing new has come to light other than his retracted confessions. If one believes the evidence is insufficient, that should be tried in court," van der Kwast said.

Two more retrials are scheduled, and Quick has applied for a retrial in the remaining three cases.

"These things may happen in less developed countries, but it should not happen in Sweden. Nobody cared about those who opposed the process," the brother of Charles Zelmanovits said.

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