Court to Decide on Östberg's Release

Update 11:00 am

One of Sweden's most well known prisoners, 55 year old Annika Östberg, could be nearing her release. On Monday afternoon , Östberg will for the first time appear in a Swedish court, when she gets to argue her case in Örebro District Court.

Annika Östberg was transferred to a Swedish prison in the spring, after more than 28 years behind bars in the US. She was sentenced to between 25 years and life in prison for her part in two murders, including that of a policeman.

This summer, Östberg appealed for her life term to be converted to a fixed-term sentence and that is what will be dealt with by the court on Monday.

The Prison Service has agreed to giving Östberg a fixed-term sentence, but the National Board of Forensic Medicine says there is a "medium high" risk that she will revert to crime, due to her long period in an environment very foreign to Swedish society (ie American prison). The Board proposes that she is released very gradually. Nevertheless, Östberg's lawyer tells the news agency TT that he hopes she will be free next summer.

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