Attorney-General: “Severe dereliction of duty in Agder”
The Attorney-General believes that two police officers in Agder are guilty of severe dereliction of duty. This after a fifteen-year-old murder indicted male was interrogated without the presence of a defence lawyer.
A fifteen-year-old male was questioned on December 6th, 2016, as a witness after Jakob Hassan (14) and Tone Ilebekk (48) were killed in Kristiansand the day before. The teenager was charged during the interrogation.
“The police lawyer in the case decided that the boy and mother should be presented with the charge and that the interrogation should be terminated. The interrogation continued for 40 minutes regardless; after the police lawyer left in order to contact the defence,” Fædrelandsvennen writes.
“A decision by Attorney-General Tor-Aksel Busch states: «The Attorney-General notes that it was very worthy of criticism that the officers continued the questioning without the presence of a defence lawyer»,” the newspaper continues.
Violation of the European Convention on Human Rights
Busch has no doubt that it was a dereliction of duty not to end the interrogation and wait for the defence lawyer. He further believes that this is a violation of the European Convention on Human Rights.
Five persons were investigated by the Bureau of Police Affairs following a review by lawyer Svein Kjetil Stallemo. Dismissal of the case is maintained for three of them. Two of the police officers who decided that the interrogation should continue are charged with exercising public authority and gross dereliction of duty. They will, however, not be penalised.
The 15-year-old is sentenced to 11 years in prison for the first-degree murders.
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