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Swede on trial for human smuggling in Ethiopia

Published: 09 Jul 2010 16:24 GMT+02:00
Updated: 09 Jul 2010 16:24 GMT+02:00

The trial of a Swede indicted for human smuggling and fraud has begun in Ethiopia. The woman is also wanted in Sweden for social insurance fraud.

The legal process is expected to take six months and the woman risks a long prison sentence.

"It could be 15 to 25 years in prison," prosecutor Jakob Holmberg told news agency TT. "The trial started yesterday and is being monitored by a person from the Swedish Ministry of Justice."

The woman has been sought and was arrested in absentia since 2007. Currently, a Swedish police investigation is under way against her because she is suspected of having collected hundreds of thousands of kronor from the Social Insurance Agency (Försäkringskassan) in absentia.

For several years, she bluffed her way into hundreds of thousands of kronor in the form of cars, hotel nights and cash in Sweden. According to the prosecution, she stole the identities of several people. She also coerced a woman to take out substantial loans and then swindled her out of the money.

The woman was sentenced to probation for aggravated fraud at Gothenburg district court in 2005. In addition, Stockholm district court sentenced her to two and a half years in prison for the same offense the following year.

However, before the trial was completed, she managed to flee the country, according to the prosecution. She appealed to the Court of Appeal, which overturned the ruling on the basis of a formal error.

At the end of June, she was arrested in Ethiopia on suspicion of human smuggling and fraud. She is currently in custody in an Ethiopian prison.

"We cannot do much more," said Holmberg. "We have requested her extradition. However, the Ethiopians want to prosecute her for the crimes she committed there."

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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19:44 July 9, 2010 by Audrian
Poor woman, she was unable to learn from her mistakes!
20:02 July 9, 2010 by Graeme.H
Human trafficking is the illegal trade in human beings for the purposes of commercial sexual exploitation or forced labor: a modern-day form of slavery

With any luck they will put her in the Ethiopean male prison and she will get to experience whay her victims have already had. And even then who knows how many young womens lives and ergo families she has brought untold misery too.
00:56 July 10, 2010 by GLO
Execlent!!!!
09:26 July 10, 2010 by Nemesis
I hope she goes to jail in Ehtiopia.

Maybe then she will learn what sort fo suffering she imposes on others.

When she is eventually released from jail in Ethiopia, she can be tried and jailed in Sweden.

Traffickers deserve no mercy from the courts or society.
11:31 July 10, 2010 by Justease
How was she able to swindle the swedish

authorities so easily? Where are the checks and

balances?

No need to extradite her because she gets Stockholm

syndrome and smile home.

Please give her Max sentence in ethiopia. She Will be fine

after 25 years of cooling off
13:06 July 10, 2010 by concha de tu puta madre
Thank goodness she will stand trial in Ethiopia. We all know how harsh and brutal is the Swedish legal system. LOL ;-)
19:38 July 10, 2010 by Brucelee@stockholm.sweden
was she originally from Ethiopia?
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