Case on police shooting judged inadmissible by the European Court
Press Release 2012-07-04
The European Court of Human Rights has rejected the lawsuit against Sweden that Civil Rights Defenders submitted along with the family of 22-year-old Daniel Franklert Murne. Daniel was shot dead by police in his parents’ home in Lindesberg in 2005.
– Daniel’s family and we are very disappointed. Despite incriminating circumstances the court chooses not to take up the case. No one will be held accountable for the extremely flawed police operation that led to Daniel’s death. And, given that no lessons have been learned by either this case or of other shootings, it is very likely to happen again, says Robert Hårdh, Civil Rights Defenders Executive Director.
Civil Rights Defenders is now considering, along with the family, the options for moving forward. One possibility is to refer the matter to the UN Human Rights Committee, for consideration in relation to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. That was what Civil Rights Defenders did in the case of Mohammed Alzery, who in 2001 was deported to Egypt under brutal forms. UN Human Rights Committee directed sharp criticism of Sweden, which was subsequently forced to pay damages to Mohammed Alzery – and Ahmed Agiza, who was expelled at the same time.
– The decision by the European Court not to raise the case is an ominous sign that the Court is now doing everything possible to protect itself against the case overload that threatens to lead to the Court’s collapse. It is one of the most important bodies in the world with regard to the maintenance of human rights, but chances are that its meaning is marginalized. And as long as national authorities and courts do not take responsibility, it is always the most vulnerable who suffer, concludes Robert Hårdh.
Background to the Murne case
In 2005, 22-year-old Daniel Franklert Murne was shot dead by police in his parents’ home in Lindesberg, Sweden. Daniel had suffered from a psychosis and needed medical care, but the police operation got out of hand and Daniel lost his life. The subsequent police investigation was defective and, with reference to self-defense, no one was held responsible for the killing. Daniel’s parents and sister sued Sweden before the European Court of Human Rights with the assistance of Civil Rights Defenders.
Civil Rights Defenders believe that the poorly planned police intervention together with structural shortcomings in the police force have contributed to Daniel’s death. For example, there is a lack of knowledge, proper training and regulation concerning police interventions against mentally ill persons.
Furthermore, the current Swedish legislation regulating the use of of firearms is deficient and out of date and this, together with the use of expanding bullets (hollow point bullets) as standard police ammunition, leads to an unacceptable situation.
For more information contact:
Robert Hårdh, Civil Rights Defenders Executive Director, Cell phone: +46 709 14 63 14
Christer Murne, father of Daniel Franklert Murne, Cell phone: + 46 739 09 63 81
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Tags: Daniel Franklert Murne, Dumdumkulor, Polisens metodutredning, and Polisskjutningar.