Local Swedish Police Seek Federal Aid in Assyrian Murder Investigation
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Stockholm (AINA) -- On the morning of Friday, December 28th confirmation came that the National Criminal Corps would be helping the Örebro police force in their hunt for the murderer of university lecturer Fuat Deniz (AINA 12-13-2007).

It has been over three weeks since Dr. Deniz was stabbed on campus at the University of Örebro. It is, as I am aware, the first time that a lecturer has been killed at a university anywhere in Sweden. When I travelled to Örebro two days after the murder, I took for granted that the Örebro police force had contacted the National Criminal Police Corps., if for nothing else than to create a profile of the perpetrator. But they had not. Today I spoke at length to one of the National Criminal Corps. superiors. He wants to remain anonymous to stay out of any political debate. In his opinion the Örebro police force didn't contact the National Criminal Police Corps. Because they believed they would catch the murderer without any help. The police chief was shocked at the mistakes that have been made during the murder investigation.

I have spoken to over fifty people close to Fuat Deniz, which is why I have also been very close to the case, and as a result the work of the police. In a debate article in Aftonbladet on 21st December I discussed several of the mistakes the police had made (AINA 12-21-2007, 12-24-2007). Several. There are more. One example is one of Dr. Deniz's best friends of the last twenty years, who was asked to wait before making a statement, because he lives too far away. It took the police ten days to travel to Stockholm. Another friend travelled to Sweden from the United States after hearing about the murder. He volunteered to make a statement to the police and left the interview shocked that they were more interested in Dr. Deniz's girlfriends in the late eighties, than in any information he had to volunteer.

There are many leads the police should be following up, and maybe they are following up on them, but overall the police force's priorities are mystifying.

The National Criminal Corps. have a unit named 'the perpetrator group' Four policemen, a psychiatrist, and a medical examiner have, as their task, to work from known information regarding where, when and how a crime takes place, to attempt to describe possible personality traits of the perpetrator. The reasoning behind this is to narrow down the total number of possible suspects and hopefully lead the investigation towards a specific person. The investigators, in this case, the Örebro police force, contact the National Criminal Corps. when they need help. The standard method is that the group sends one of their investigators, a technician, and sometimes also the group's medical examiner.

The Örebro police force will, from today, Wednesday, and onwards receive help from one of the National Criminal Corps. units, the murder commission. But in the words of the perpetrator group's chief Paul Johansson, they haven't been asked for help. This means that there is still no idea of potential murder suspects.

In an earlier interview with Ulf Åsgård, previously a member of 'the perpetrator group', he stated that without a profile of the perpetrator, no crime is solved. "It is impossible to begin a search without first having an idea of what kind of criminal is being looked for."

By Nuri Kino

Nuri Kino is a journalist in Sweden specializing in investigative journalism, and is one of the most highly awarded journalists in Europe (CV). He is an Assyrian from Turkey. His documentary, Assyriska: a National team without a Nation, was awarded The Golden Palm at the 2006 Beverly Hills Film festival.

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