Lawyer Gabriel Barsoum reported to the police after revealing for 200 seconds

Lawyer Gabriel Barsoum reported to the police after revealing for

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Top lawyer Gabriel Barsoum was one of the public defenders who took in the most money last year – but Aftonbladet’s revelation showed how he repeatedly provided incorrect information to the courts and received too much money.

Barsoum has now been reported to the police and a preliminary investigation into suspected fraud has reportedly begun.

“I refute every claim that I acted criminally to some extent,” writes Gabriel Barsoum to Aftonbladet.

Lawyer Gabriel Barsoum billed the courts over nine million kroner as a public defender last year.

It was fourth most in the country.

Aftonbladet’s review The lawyers have revealed how Barsoum on numerous occasions submitted incorrect information to the courts – and demanded compensation to which he was not entitled. It was, among other things, that Barsoum demanded compensation for more prison visits than he had made according to the prison’s logs, and that he had been charged for the same waste of time several times.

After the review was published, Barsoum must have been reported to the police for suspected fraud. Aftonbladet has requested to take part in the police report against Barsoum – but was refused with reference to pre-trial confidentiality.

A prosecutor has been appointed in the case.

The prosecutor confirms that there is a preliminary investigation into suspected fraud, but states that no person has yet been served with suspicion.

“Otherwise, I currently have nothing further to add,” writes prosecutor Petra Hallin.

full screen Lawyer Gabriel Barsoum billed the courts over nine million kroner as a public defender last year. Photo: SVT

When Aftonbladet asks lawyer Gabriel Barsoum for a comment, he writes:

“Nothing that has come to my attention. I refute every claim that I have acted criminally to any extent”.

Suspicion of a serious money laundering offence

Aftonbladet has previously revealed how the now excluded lawyer Neo Barstedt, brother of Gabriel Barsoum, has cheated the courts out of money.

Last year, Barstedt was the public defender who invoiced the third most in Sweden: almost SEK 9.8 million.

The review led to the initiation of a preliminary investigation into suspected fraud against Barstedt. According to prosecutor Carl-Henrik Andersson, the criminal charges currently concern suspected fraud in two cases, serious money laundering and document falsification.

– The preliminary investigation is still ongoing, says Andersson.

Neo Barstedt writes in a text message:

“It is nothing that I am aware of and I have nothing to comment on except that I categorically deny the allegations leveled against me.”

full screen Gabriel Barsoum (right) with his brother Neo Barstedt. Photo: Instagram

“Better control is needed”

Aftonbladet’s review has provoked strong reactions in the judicial system. In connection with one of the previous publications, Judge Peter Islander said that the current system of bills of costs needs to change.

– This question has been raised for several years. Why don’t lawyers have to report in more detail? The answer may be that if you have a lawyer’s title, you are expected to follow the ethical rules. This increases the scope for those who still want to cheat. Better control is needed, but then it is possible that changes to the law will be required.

Major deficiencies in the control system

Thomas Rolén, director general of the Norwegian Courts Administration, also believes that there must be changes. Last spring, the Norwegian Courts Agency handed over a report to the government with several different proposals to tighten control.

– This is simply not acceptable. The control of the lawyers’ bills can be improved, because we do not have full control. This does not mean that irregularities are constantly committed, Rolén has previously told Aftonbladet.

Last year, legal assistants, such as lawyers, cost taxpayers SEK 3.7 billion. In its review report from last year, the National Audit Office showed major deficiencies in the control system of the money flow. Per Dackenberg, who led the National Audit Office’s review, has previously said:

– This is a big problem. We can state that the district courts do not exercise a satisfactory control over these compensations. There are largely no guidelines for how a lawyer’s work efforts should be assessed. We believe that it needs to be reviewed. This is a system that is 50 years old.

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