Father jailed for visit with son set free
Bob Unruh - WND
Word came to WND tonight via an e-mail from Christer Johansson, who said, "I was released from jail today, after 2 terrible months! … When the judge read the verdict, he said, '2 months in jail, already served, 15000 [kroner] in compensation to Domenic and then 2 years probation.'"
The case has been the focal point of work both by the internationally known Home School Legal Defense Association as well as the Alliance Defense Fund, which has brought a case before the Europe Court of Human Rights on behalf of the family.
The case developed in mid-2009 when social services and police forcibly took custody of Domenic, then 7, over government concerns he was being homeschooled. The local courts later denied the parents the legal representation they sought, demanding instead they be represented by a government-approved attorney. The courts ultimately ruled the state must keep custody of Domenic.
Ruby Harrold-Claesson, the president of the Nordic Committee for Human Rights, had been working on the family's case but was ordered off by the court in favor of a locally appointed representative the family opposed.
She said she is concerned that the ECHR hasn't already stepped into the family's case.
Johansson told WND that he read his Bible throughout today's court hearing, and he remains weak after being in jail since Thanksgiving.