The action was part of a major national operation, and police across the country knocked on doors at 6 am on Tuesday morning, says police spokesperson Börje Öhman to local paper Länstidningen. So far most of the suspects are in police stations for questioning, but not formally under arrest, so there is no need for a court to acquiesce to their detention.
Anders Ahlquist at the IT-crimes division of the national police, says to Swedish Radio News that they have been working on this operation since before Christmas 2016.
He says most of the criminal suspicions are for the crime of “documentation of sexual abuse against children,” but that as the cases proceed other crimes have come to light, as is often the case. He says there will be other criminal suspicions to add to the list.
He also complains about the EU court decision that allows internet operators to keep customer details private. The police would like to have more material on internet users’ behaviour, and Anders Ahlquist says that if more Swedish IT companies handed over user data they would be able to arrest more people.
Prosecutor Ulrika Grenerfors says to Swedish Radio Blekinge that for the people arrested in that county the suspected crimes could mean up to two years in prison.