Kaj Linna

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Kaj Linna
Kaj Linna.jpg
Linna in 2017
Born
Kaj Juhani Kaukosalo

(1962-05-12) 12 May 1962 (age 57)

Kaj Johannes Linna, né Kaj Juhani Kaukosalo (born 12 May 1962), is a Finnish man who was sentenced to life imprisonment for a robbery-murder in Kalamark outside of Piteå, Sweden on 14 April 2004. He served the longest overturned sentence in Swedish history before a retrial was ordered, in which he was exonerated and freed. He was later awarded 18 million SEK as compensation for his time in prison, a record sum.

Early life[edit]

Linna was born in Sweden to Finnish parents.[1]

Original case[edit]

Linna was accused of murdering Robert Lindberg and seriously injuring his brother Sune.[2] Sune could not defend himself because he had suffered a stroke in 1994.[3] He was attacked in bed and lay on the floor for one and a half days before being found by social workers.[3][4] Sune still claims that Kaj Linna was the person that attacked him and killed his brother.[3] Robert had been overpowered in the brothers' barn, tied up and beaten to death.[5] Linna was arrested in Swansea, Wales, three months after the murder and was extradited to Sweden the same year.[5] In 2005, Linna was found guilty of the crimes and sentenced to life imprisonment.[6]

Reexamination of case and exoneration[edit]

The true-crime podcast Spår (Traces) was the first to raise questions about the case and trial of Linna. The podcast was hosted by journalists Anton Berg and Martin Johnson, who also performed the investigation into the case.[2]

In December 2016, Linna's conviction was thrown out by the Swedish High Court and Linna was later exonerated.[2] Having been incarcerated for 13 years, Linna is the person who has served the longest time in prison in Sweden to be exonerated and released.[7]

In May 2017, a new trial started for Linna and on 30 May he was released to await the High Court's judgment.[8][9] On 15 June, Linna was completely exonerated.[10]

Linna was awarded a record amount in damages of 18 million SEK by the Swedish state.[11][12]

After release[edit]

On 25 June 2018, Kaj Linna presented an episode of Sommar i P1 which was broadcast on Sveriges Radio, talking about his life in prison and about his sentence and exoneration.[13] Linna and his wife moved to the Canary Islands after his release where he still lives as of 2019.[12] He met his wife while in prison as she was the prison's Spanish language teacher.[14]

In October 2018, Linna published the autobiography Besökaren: mina 13 år bakom galler (The Visitor: My 13 Years Behind Bars).[15]

See also[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

  • 2018 - Besökaren: mina 13 år bakom galler ISBN 9789188671462 [15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nuutinen, Anna (29 December 2016). "Suomalaistaustainen Kaj Linna tuomittiin murhasta Ruotsissa 12 vuotta sitten – nyt oikeus käsittelee tapauksen uudelleen: 'On ilmennyt uusia tietoja'". Ilta-Sanomat (in Finnish). Archived from the original on 12 April 2019. Retrieved 13 April 2019.
  2. ^ a b c McIntosh, Steven (15 June 2017). "Man released after podcast sparks retrial". BBC News. Archived from the original on 11 April 2019. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  3. ^ a b c "Sune, 71, överlevde knivdådet i Kalamark – nu pekar han ut Kaj Linna". Expressen (in Swedish). Archived from the original on 11 April 2019. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  4. ^ Ahmed, Tufayel (16 June 2017). "How the Swedish 'Serial' acquitted a man of murder after 13 years in prison". Newsweek. Archived from the original on 11 April 2019. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  5. ^ a b Johansson, Peter (4 September 2015). "Fotspår kan ge Kaj Linna resning". Kuriren (in Swedish). Archived from the original on 11 April 2019. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  6. ^ "Kaj Linna får 18 miljoner kronor i skadestånd". Aftonbladet (in Swedish). 11 April 2019. Archived from the original on 11 April 2019. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  7. ^ "Swede acquitted of murder after 13 years in jail – thanks, in part, to a podcast". The Local. 15 June 2017. Archived from the original on 11 April 2019. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  8. ^ "New trial begins of convicted murderer Kaj Linna". Sveriges Radio. Archived from the original on 11 April 2019. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  9. ^ "Kaj Linna släpps fri". Dagens Nyheter (in Swedish). 30 May 2017. Archived from the original on 11 April 2019. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  10. ^ "Man who spent 13 years in jail over brutal murder in northern Sweden released from custody after retrial". The Local. 30 May 2017. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  11. ^ "Linna får 18 miljoner i skadestånd". Svenska Dagbladet (in Swedish). TT. 30 March 2018. Archived from the original on 11 April 2019. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  12. ^ a b "Swede to get $2.2m for 13 years wrongful imprisonment". The Local. 30 March 2018. Archived from the original on 11 April 2019. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  13. ^ "Sommarvärdar 2018 – hela listan - Sommar & Vinter i P1" (in Swedish). Sveriges Radio. Archived from the original on 11 April 2019. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  14. ^ "Kaj Linna satt oskyldigt dömd för mord – nu berättar han om tiden i fängelset". Nyheter24 (in Swedish). 1 December 2018. Archived from the original on 11 April 2019. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  15. ^ a b "Kaj Linna släpper bok om sina år i fängelset - Studio Ett" (in Swedish). Sveriges Radio. Archived from the original on 11 April 2019. Retrieved 11 April 2019.