Ombudsman wants children suspected of serious crimes to stand trial

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A majority in parliament want to make it easier to start legal proceedings against a child who is suspected of a serious crime. A move welcomed by the Ombudman for Children.

At present, the social services are the only ones that can request legal proceedings against a child under the age of 15. But according to the Ombudsman for Children, Elisabeth Dahlin, the social services lack sufficient knowledge about this, so often it does not happen. 

Over the past seven years, it has only happened in three cases, despite  children under 15 being reported for hundreds of serious crimes every year.

But Elisabeth Dahlin tells Radio Sweden that it is important for children, just like it is for adults, to get a court to consider the evidence properly, if you are suspected of a crime.


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