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Swedish MP charged with drugs offences

Swedish MP charged with drugs offences

Published: 21 Mar 2012 10:41 GMT+01:00
Updated: 21 Mar 2012 10:41 GMT+01:00

Independent Swedish MP William Petzäll, who left the Sweden Democrats amidst a battle with substance abuse, has been charged with drugs crimes.

In an indictment filed on Monday in Varberg District court, prosecutors charged Petzäll, 23, with minor drugs offences after results of a January urine test showed traces of several narcotics-classified substances for which he had no prescription.

Among the drugs revealed by the test to be in Petzäll's system were morphine, the anti-anxiety drug Oxazepam and Clonazepam, a muscle relaxant, all of which are classified as narcotics in Sweden.

After the indictment was made public on Wednesday, Petzäll used his Twitter account to comment on the charges.

"Charged with narcotics crimes despite a certificate that I have legal access to what I tested positive for," he wrote.

"Totally absurd."

Petzäll had previously denied the charges in an interview with prosecutors, according to court documents.

Writing further on Twitter, he claimed he had provided police with the necessary documentation to clear him of the charges, which he learned about through Swedish media reports.

He went on to criticize police, calling into question their motives in handling his case.

"But of course, it's no secret that the police like to mess with people and do everything they can to doctor the statistics," he wrote.

"Cops have and shouldn't have anything to do with addiction. It's a question for the healthcare system."

Petzäll entered the Riksdag following the 2010 general elections, which resulted in the far-right Sweden Democrats gaining representation in the Swedish parliament for the first time.

Last September, however, Petzäll announced was leaving the Sweden Democrats as he struggled to deal with a substance abuse problem, but planned to remain in parliament as an independent.

At the time, he said he wanted to continue to use his seat in the Riksdag to "push my pet issue and increase awareness. To develop more concrete measures to help young alcoholics and drug addicts."

Less than a month later, however, Petzäll was involuntarily committed to a substance abuse treatment centre to prevent an overdose after he was taken to a Gothenburg-area hospital by ambulance in late October.

According to Aftonbladet, the 23-year-old MP has struggled with addiction to Valium and methadone, a drug often used to treat heroin addicts.

Petzäll first took a time-out from his political activities in February 2011 after a drunken outburst in Trelleborg in southern Sweden resulted in him spending the night in jail to sober up.

The party was being hosted by his ex-girlfriend and according to a police report Petzäll caused damage in his drunken state.

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Your comments about this article

14:09 March 21, 2012 by gabeltoon
What ever happened to "LEAD BY EXAMPLE " . It seems he does not care for his country or his people in his actions. He was elected to represent the people so what does this say to the people ???
16:19 March 21, 2012 by Achilles7
Sounds like a typical lefty pr**k. Drug taking, drunkeness and anti the police. What a loser.
16:36 March 21, 2012 by kirub
I'm in a good mood today. So, what is this blue- eyed boy up to, Sir?
17:35 March 21, 2012 by stevo1
yep, at 23 you always make good decisions.

How about instead of leading by example, people make their own choices and live a little????
18:07 March 21, 2012 by darky
What do u expect when babies are voted into the parliament? lol
18:27 March 21, 2012 by Puffin
@ Achilles7

"lefty" ??? - are you being funny?? Given that the guy is a member of the far right nationalist party!!

Or do you actually not understand the difference between the SWEDEN-democrats and the SOCIAL-democrats?
19:55 March 21, 2012 by zooeden
In the eyes of the police even a guy who does a tablet of alvedon a day is a junkie, so funk them, this guy´s right, he might be an arzehole however he is right in this one, again police have nothing on nobody!!!
20:24 March 21, 2012 by Valdemaratterdag
Why is his picture and name being shown? My understanding is that in Sweden, news sources didn't reveal this information to the general public unless convicted, and that only happens sometimes even then.
21:00 March 21, 2012 by swedejane
OMG...he tested positive for prescription drugs???? Did he hurt anyone? Was he driving a vehicle? Did he rob somebody? If there is no victim then just leave the guy alone.
21:14 March 21, 2012 by Rod Munch
++ Given that the guy is a member of the far right nationalist party!!

Or do you actually not understand the difference between the SWEDEN-democrats and the SOCIAL-democrats?+++

How about understanding the difference between "is a member" and "left the party?" Puffin....never can resist taking a dig at SD whether it is warranted or not.
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