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Tax agency: DNA-test no proof of paternity

Published: 10 May 2011 15:34 GMT+02:00
Updated: 10 May 2011 15:34 GMT+02:00

The Swedish Tax Agency (Skatteverket) does not want to recognise a DNA-test as confirmation of the paternity of a Sierra Leone man currently living with his son in Sundsvall.

“We can’t recognise a DNA-test because the question isn’t really if the man is the boy’s biological father, but if he is the father of the boy in the eyes of Swedish law,“ Lars Tegenfeldt of the Tax Agency told The Local.

It was in 2006 that the man sent for his son, who had been living with a relative up until then.

In order for the boy to be able to travel the relative helped him acquire a new birth certificate, as his original documents had been lost during a fire during the country's bitter civil war.

However, the birth date in the passport issued was incorrect and after the son had arrived in Sweden, he contacted the Sierra Leone authorities and a new passport was issued.

The new passport was subsequently shown to the local office of the Swedish Migration Board in Sundsvall, along with test results from a DNA test carried out by the National Board of Forensic Medicine (Rättsmedicinalsverket - RMV) indicating that man is the father.

Both the Administrative Court (Förvaltningsrätten) and the Supreme Administrative Court (Kammarrätten) have ruled that the test is sufficient to establish paternity but the Tax Agency remains unsatisfied and has appealed the decision once again.

According to Tegenfeldt the father would need to have his paternity established in a Swedish court.

“What he needs to do if he wants the boy registered as his son is to go to the Social Services committee (Socialnämnden) and have his legal paternity confirmed, then we could register the boy as his son,” Tegenfeldt told The Local.

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16:26 May 10, 2011 by Rap43
Ah... så...

In Sweden there IS a system...
16:34 May 10, 2011 by JulieLou40
Let me guess.....the Sierra Leone passport didn't have a frickin Swedish personnummer on it. Christ, Swedish bureaucracy drives me nuts...
17:04 May 10, 2011 by eton75
If it been a White father and son we wouldn't be reading this nonsense ! Typical racist Sweden .
17:13 May 10, 2011 by Swedesmith
"What he needs to do if he wants the boy registered as his son is to go to the Social Services committee (Socialnämnden) and have his legal paternity confirmed, then we could register the boy as his son," Tegenfeldt told The Local

Well, that's what he should do.

Doesn't sound like racism to me, just sounds like typical bureaucracy.
18:24 May 10, 2011 by Iraniboy
@eton75

The typical racist Sweden doesn't exist. I live here and I can confirm that racism exists in Sweden less than any other country including EU, US, Iran, etc.

This is just due to absence of common sense in case of lacking of law!
18:36 May 10, 2011 by William Sachsen-Coburg-Gotha
How come I didn't have to go to the Social Services committee to prove the parentage of my kids when I came to Sweden? There is either a lot of information missing in this article or they are treating him differently to others.
19:25 May 10, 2011 by foxpur
Same with me, I just said, "oh, these are my kids" and there it was.
19:30 May 10, 2011 by Already in use
I had to come up with a certified copy of an international birth certificate. But I don't understand of what relevance the DNA test is either. Haven't we long since abandoned the idea that parenthood equals passing on genes?
19:59 May 10, 2011 by LuxVeritas
I wonder…I wonder, is a trend emerging within The Local to enflame race anger. Too many brown skins, not enough, brown skin scientists good, brown skin families backward, integrate, don't integrate, take jobs, don't take jobs, take advantage, don't get a fair crack.

Oh, how good and benevolent the northern western alliance has proven in raping the resource rich world. How good it has been at ruining societies that were developed and since have become developing with the good benevolent white footfall. How much crap the sheeple believe about how things were, how things are and what is really going on.

If a next ice age comes within a few generations; will the brown skins of the world treat you to 200 years of industrial revolution and feudalism. How quickly the socially engineered poorly educated white northern sheeple forget how they turned into flag waving, fat infirm consumers, ready to believe anything and kill or crucify anyone they are told are baaaad! And no, Oh great wise white ones, not all brown skins are good. For there are wealthy and powerful brown skins that consort with your high and mighty and none give a crud for you; white, brown, yellow or red.

Local; beware the tangled web of lies you weave on behalf of your Frankenstein infirm social engineers.
22:39 May 10, 2011 by DavidtheNorseman
This sounds more like Tax Bureaucracy everywhere...Well, the fellow needs to jump the hoops like everyone else and good luck to him, but I wonder if the DNA test would have been enough for the Tax Folks if it had been a divorce issue or if heresay would have been enough................................
00:24 May 11, 2011 by johnny1939
Krångel Sverige forever!!!
06:33 May 11, 2011 by nice1stu
"What he needs to do if he wants the boy registered as his son is to go to the Social Services committee (Socialnämnden) and have his legal paternity confirmed, then we could register the boy as his son," Tegenfeldt told The Local.

Did someone actually say during this whole process, "actually, you need to go to Socialnämnden." or did everyone sort of just went with the flow, with court cases and dna tests just to find out that he is making his application in the wrong place?
06:40 May 11, 2011 by summerboy
@eton75

This is not racism, this case in question is pure administrative bureaucracy! Sweden is not a racist country compared to the rest of the world. There are bad people in every nation and good people as well.
11:24 May 11, 2011 by johnny1939
It has always amazed why people from other countries would immigrate to Sweden. Lousy climate, little work that is not "crap" work and unfriendly natives. If I had a choice I would rather pick Australia, Canada or the UK. The above story is proof of how difficult it is for "brown" skinned people to establish themselves unless, of course, they have plenty of money. Personally I would love to be able to fly under the radar of the bloody tax people in any country so why is he complaining? Could it be..................?
11:31 May 11, 2011 by krrodman
It is simply a case of the "law" falling behind scientific reality. In the past, before genetic testing could prove paternity beyond any reasonable doubt, a paper trail consisting of notarized birth certificates was required to demonstrate legal paternity. Scientifically speaking, a paper trail to prove paternity is silly. Legally, it is still the only way. Crazy really.

On a different note, my son as part of a university project had his genome tested. Turns out my wife, who can trace her family roots back 400 years in Sweden, carries a wide variety of genes from all over Europe without a concentration of genes from any particular area. I, on the other hand, can trace my family back through Germany/Poland. My genetic markers are concentrated in Northern Spain/Southern France and I have more genetic markers from Scandinavia than she does.

Genetic testing is going to change the way we view heritage. It's new world out there.
13:25 May 11, 2011 by Ctx
Really no harm feeling butits shows how is the Swedish ppl looking for ppl based in color and country base ,I have an American friend with the same issue here in Sweden and the Skatt accept the DNA ! so what the story of this country and where they are going ,in case they dont like imigrants why they accept them !!
14:28 May 11, 2011 by philster61
I'd like to see the Tax office try and prove that to a geneticist.
23:12 May 11, 2011 by Grokh
First i would look at if the man has done crimes, only then would I think about the DNA.
14:31 May 13, 2011 by Rebel
"Father?" Hasn't the Swedish government come up with some sort of better name for the Y chromosome donator that that by now?
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