A Swedish man who spent 13 years in prison has been released after a podcast convinced the country’s Supreme Court to retry his case.
Kaj Linna was convicted of robbery and murder then sentenced to life in prison despite what experts called a lack of evidence or eye-witness testimony.
Linna maintained his innocence throughout the trial but testimony from one witness, whose name hasn’t been released, lead to the conviction. The same witness then appeared on Swedish podcast Spar, which was created in the vein of the popular American Serial podcast. Inconsistencies between statements the witness made to police and those made on the podcast are what, reportedly, prompted officials to request the appeal. Court of Appeal President Margareta Bergström told The Local. More at TNW.
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