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Top lawyer responds to criticism

Quick's defence: "I did everything I could"

Published tisdag 21 augusti 2012 kl 14.08
Prosecutor Christer van der Kwast, defence lawyer Claes Borgström and Sture Bergwall (formerly Thomas Quick. Photo: Scanpix

Thomas Quick's former defence lawyer, Claes Borgström, has responded to criticism that he knew the alleged serial killer was innocent, reports news agency TT.

In light of recent criticism of the legal authorities, who found serial murderer Thomas Quick guilty of the crimes he confessed but later withdrew, lawyer Claes Borgström says he did all he could as Quick's defence lawyer.

Criticism has intensified recently after the release of deceased journalist Hannes Råstam's book attesting to Quick's innocence.

Borgström's critics have demanded that he be kicked out of the Swedish Bar Association and even that he be sentenced to prison, based on the assumption that he knew Quick was innocent all along.

While Borgström has kept silent regarding these criticisms, he now tells news agency TT that he has been deeply affected by the harsh words.

"It's deeply offensive", he said. "I've been accused of knowing he was innocent, that I only wanted to make money, and that I liaised with the prosecutor. As someone who cares strongly about lawyer ethics that is painful."

Borgström says that he never felt the slightest doubt that Quick, now Sture Bergwall, was guilty of the crimes he was charged with.

Justice minister promises "Quick" review

Several Swedish political parties are now calling for an independent commission to look into the convictions against serial killer Thomas Quick, and Justice Minister Beatrice Ask promises there will be some kind of review.

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