Gothenburg district court. Photo: Adam Ihse/TT.

Policeman forced to bring his sick kids to court

A police officer in Gothenburg was forced to bring his two sick children with him to court to testify after the district court had threatened him with a fine if he didn't show up, news agency TT reports.

The officer, Patrik Nordgren, asked to be excused from the court session as he was home caring for his two sick children aged 1,5 and 3,5 years, but the court refused and instead gave him 30 minutes to get there.

"I was told I would be fined SEK 2,000 if I didn't turn up within 30 minutes," Patrik Nordgren tells the news agency.

Other officers have reported similar things after Patrik Nordgren shared his story on an online forum. An officer on parental leave writes that he was urged to bring his children to a riot trial where his colleagues had suffered both violence and threats.

"It's unacceptable that you should be forced to expose your children to a trial. The last thing you want is for your family to be affected negatively because of your profession," says Lena Nitz, chair of the Swedish Police Union.

The court has since admitted that it was a mistake to force Nordgren to attend the trial.

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