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More complaints filed against controversial website

Published fredag 31 januari 2014 kl 17.21
File photo: Per Larsson/TT.

A total of 84 complaints against the owners of the controversial Lexbase database have been sent in to the Swedish Chancellor of Justice, and more could be on their way.

The site, which only lasted about a day before being hacked and then taken off line, provided a way for Swedes to check criminal records on a map, and then buy copies of the judgements.

But according to a legal expert who spoke to news agency TT, the chances of the Chancellor bringing legal action against the site for libel, are small.

"They think that media protected by the constitution should have a high level of protection (from legal action)", lawyer Benjamin O J Boman told the news agency, even though the site technically committed libel, in his opinion.

Private individuals can also file lawsuits against the owners of the site, at least one was filed in Stockholm Thursday.

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