Anne Ramberg from the Bar Association

Court Reforms Criticised

There has been heavy criticism against new rules in Swedish court rooms which mean that defendants don't have to be in court during an appeals process, with the court simply looking at a video recording of the evidence given during a lower court hearing.

The General Secretary of the Swedish Bar Association, Anne Ramberg, says there are several flaws in the reform, including that there is no chance to ask the defendant new questions. This goes against the European Convention on Human Rights, she claims.

The criticism comes following the case of a man who was convicted by an appeals court to ten years imprisonment for drug offences, despite being originally acquitted. He was unable to go to the appeal hearing due to illness and was convicted in his absence.

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