Norwegian lawyer wants a committee to look at faulty DNA analyses in criminal cases

Arvid SjødinPhoto: Carina Johansen / NTB
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Lawyer Arvid Sjødin believes that multiple innocent people may have been convicted due to incorrect DNA analyzes in the last 30 years. He believes that a committee of inquiry should be set up.

Sjødin represents both the cousin of Birgitte Tengs and Viggo Kristiansen, people who have been affected by controversial DNA errors from what was then called the Department of Forensic Medicine (RMI).

The defense lawyer told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) that he is convinced that more DNA errors have been made. He is now demanding a public review of all verdicts where DNA was used as evidence.

“The new Minister of Justice must set up a committee of inquiry. There is a lot to clean up here. A new group is needed that can check DNA and do it correctly,” Sjødin said.

Former head of the Department of Forensic Medicine, chief engineer Bente Mevåg, did not want to comment on the case.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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