Authority demands prosecution of researchers who investigated immigrant rapes

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Published October 21, 2021 at 10.10

Domestic. The Board of Appeal for Ethical Review (ÖNEP) prosecuted a study that showed immigrants' strong over-representation in rapes. When the prosecutor now decides not to initiate a preliminary investigation, ÖNEP has requested a review of the prosecutor's decision, writes Läkartidningen.

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Four medical researchers at Lund University were behind the study, which received media attention when it was published in June this year.

The researchers were able to show that 60 percent of those who in the years 2000 to 2015 convicted of rape had a foreign background.

The Board of Appeal for Ethical Review, ÖNEP, prosecuted the study with reference to the fact that the research lacked an ethical permit.

does not include the sensitive personal data that they use in the publication that we have looked at, says Jörgen Svidén, head of the office at ÖNEP, to Läkartidningen.

He thinks it is “very strange” that the prosecutor did not proceed with a preliminary study.

Professor: “Shocking”
Kristina Sundquist, professor of general medicine at Lund University and responsible for the study, can not understand why ÖNEP suddenly became so interested in to prosecute her.

– Our research group has r has worked for more than 20 years with the unique register data available in Sweden. In all these years, we have been extremely careful about applying for an ethics permit for all our studies. So this time too. We considered that we had a valid ethics permit, with the changes we had applied for at the ethics committee and received approval, says Kristina Sundquist to Läkartidningen.

Kristina Sundquist states that she was shocked by the prosecution. The fact that the Board of Appeal has now requested an appeal is “almost even more shocking”, she tells the newspaper.