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Civil servant showed up drunk to deportations

Published: 20 Mar 2008 07:38 GMT+01:00
Updated: 20 Mar 2008 07:38 GMT+01:00

An employee from Sweden’s Prison and Probation Service showed up to deportation proceedings under the influence of alcohol on several occasions.

At least one time, the woman’s drunkenness required that a deportation flight be canceled, although management has a hard time remembering the incident.

In November of 2006, the Prison and Probation Service transport service was set to deport an asylum seeker from Tanzania.

But a pilot at Kastrup Airport in Copenhagen refused to fly with the drunken woman. Subsequently, Swedish police and probation officers, and the Tanzanian, were tossed off the plane and the deportation trip was canceled, according to Uppdrag Granskning, an investigative news program broadcast by Sveriges Television (SVT).

The woman’s boss, Gunnar Johansson, first claimed he could not remember the incident. But he ultimately confessed that “it rings a bell” even though Johansson had traveled down to Copenhagen and apologized for the incident, according to SVT.

According to the investigation, the woman was intoxicated for at least six deportations.

In June of 2005 a deportee’s transit to Landvetter airport in Gothenburg was called off. A report by the transit service about the canceled trip states that it was “terminated due to illness”. But according to SVT’s sources, the trip was stopped because of the woman’s drunkenness.

SVT said the woman’s boss allowed her to continue working in spite of several warnings that she had broken the agency’s alcohol policy, both in Sweden and overseas.

If the woman’s superiors have any recollection of the events, they maintain that the incidents were exceptions. Nevertheless, employees of Sweden’s border police refused to work with her.

The woman remains employed by the agency, but has been assigned other duties.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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