Swedish code sparks "spate of trivial pursuits"

Prosecutor's office calls for debate after environmental code prosecutions paralyse legal system

The Swedish public prosecutor's office has weighed into a controversy over the operation of a new wide-ranging "environmental code", whose own supervisory panel recommended earlier this month that relatively minor infractions be "decriminalised" (EED 02/07/02).

A spokesman confirmed reports in Dagens Nyheter newspaper this week that police and courts have been unable to cope with a record volume of environmental cases, most of them trivial. He told ENDS Europe DAILY today: "It's a new law, and it's important to discuss this sort of thing so that we can improve it."

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