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Swedish smuggler's appeal met by stiff sentence shocker

Swedish smuggler's appeal met by stiff sentence shocker

Published: 10 Dec 2010 10:11 GMT+01:00
Updated: 10 Dec 2010 10:11 GMT+01:00

The district court in Borås in western Sweden originally sentenced the man to three and a half years in prison for serious drug crimes.

However, the court acquitted him of the most serious charge stemming from 18 kilogrammes of amphetamines, which was ordered and delivered by a Polish courier, the Göteborgs-Posten (GP) newspaper reported.

The 57-year-old nevertheless appealed the original conviction, but rather than handing down a lighter sentence, the court of appeal slapped an additional seven and a half years onto the man's sentence.

According to the appeals court, the man was something of a ringleader for the drug smuggling operation, and thus deserved a stiffer penalty.

Having one's sentence lengthened to such an extent up appeal – in this case, nearly tripling the man's prison term to 11 years – is extremely rare within the Swedish judicial system, according to GP.

In addition to a tougher sentence for the 57-year-old, the 39-year-old Polish courier also had his sentenced lengthened from eight to ten years in prison.

The sentence of 50-year-old woman involved in the operation remained unchanged at four years in prison, while the acquittal of a 63-year-old woman was also upheld by the appeals court.

TT/The Local/dl (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

11:23 December 10, 2010 by Rishonim
Bravo! Now, my wishful thinking is they should get tough on rapist and murderers aswell.
11:44 December 10, 2010 by tigger007
3.5years for 18kilos for drugs is a walk in the park! in american he would have recieved atleast 7 to 10yrs(in some states)
12:12 December 10, 2010 by digitalamish
"they should get tough on rapist..."

I thought they already did with Julian Assange... I don't think you could get any tougher,

based on the details of the reported "crime"...
13:33 December 10, 2010 by HowSwedeitis
I love it! "Ohhh, you are correct, Sir. The original sentance was wrong. ...it wasn't harsh enough!" :-D

15:28 December 10, 2010 by Swedesmith
Good, maybe this will reduce the number of people appealing their sentences.
16:30 December 10, 2010 by eZee.se
"18 kilogrammes of amphetamines..."

Considering each tablet is just a few mini-grams, and even if you have one unlucky teen dying for every pound or so...

getting this harsher sentence couldn't have happened to a more deserving guy ;)
01:21 December 12, 2010 by Bookmark_Terry
I like this turn of events. Having just been a juror in a criminal trial, I know how tenuous applying the law can be. This is incredible justice. Now, back to getting those murderers, rapists and child abductors. . . everywhere in the world, not just Sweden or Canada. @bookmark_terry (twitter).
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