Primera Africa Legal (PAL), the legal representatives of Danish man Peter Nielsen, who allegedly murdered his Nigerian musician wife Zainab Ali-Nielsen and four-year-old daughter, Petra, have condemned the “speculative” reports in the public and media spaces about the case.
The law firm, in a Tuesday press statement, said the suspect was in the eyes of the law presumed innocent until proven guilty.
Nielsen is suspected of having a hand in the death of his wife and child who were found dead in the kitchen of their Banana Island residence on April 5.
The senior partner at the law firm, Boma Alabi, disclosed that Nielsen was cooperating with police at the Lagos State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID) but had not been charged with any crime.
The senior partner called for a transparent investigation and for Nielsen to be granted access to his lawyers.
“It has become imperative to issue this press release due to the largely inaccurate and speculative public and media narrative against our client, Mr. Peter Nielsen, which this matter has generated.
“He has not been charged with any crime yet. The cause of death is still unknown.
“It is in the interest of justice that an opportunity is availed Mr. Nielsen to defend himself and that the investigation is transparent, factual and unbiased.
“The Nigeria Police must allow Peter Nielsen access to his lawyers. In the eyes of the law, Peter Nielsen is presumed innocent till proven guilty after an adversarial trial process.
“We, therefore, plead that no one rushes to judgment and that we allow the law take its course,” Alabi said.